Institute Connects

July 2019

News from the Jesuit Institute


Ignatian Day 2019: You are invited to the Ignatian Day on 3 August 2019 – an opportunity to learn more about Ignatian Spirituality, whether you are totally new to it or have been doing it for years. This year our keynote speaker is Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa. There will also be a choice of workshops you can attend.

Book online at www.jesuitinstitute.org.za
Price: R200 (early bird registration until 26 July 2019, R250 thereafter)
Limited partial bursaries available on application in case of need.
For more information send an email to retreats@jesuitinstitute.org.za.


Elizabeth Liebert SNJM, Annemarie Paulin-Campbell, Isabel Dis Nunes at the end of the Symposium
(Picutre: Arnulfo Bugtas)

Symposium on Psychology and the Spiritual Exercises in Loyola: Annemarie Paulin-Campbell attended a Symposium on Psychology and the Spiritual Exercises in Loyola, Spain. It was attended by 210 people from 35 countries in which experts on Psychology and the Spiritual Exercises explored the topic of “interior movements.” This also provided the opportunity to meet with Elizabeth Liebert SNJM, Isabel Diz Nunes and Carla Rebelo from Portugal to begin work on revising a book on the Spiritual Exercises and women.


Participants during the retreat
(Picture: Puleng Matsaneng)

Tsoseletsa: The ecumenical Tsoseletsa week (23 – 30 June 2019) was filled with prayer and fun. The week took place at the Holy Name Anglican parish in Tembisa. We had participants from the Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran Churches. The feedback was positive, people felt this really helped them change.


Spiritual conversations during the workshop
(Picture: Puleng Matsaneng)

Discernment Workshop for Men: For two Saturdays Puleng Matsaneng ran a pilot discernment workshop for men. The workshop was very successful and they asked for more, saying that two Saturdays were rather short!


Fr David Marcotte SJ and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM during Winter Living Theology
(Picture: Russell Pollitt SJ)

How to live a Happy Life. The spirituality and psychology of well-being: This year’s Winter Living Theology has come to an end. The record number of participants described the course as inspiring, dynamic and insightful, with helpful and relevant practical tools for personal growth and use in ministry.

Thank you Fr David for a wonderful series. We wish you a safe journey back to the United States.

The MP3 Audio recordings of How to live a Happy Life. The spirituality and psychology of well-being are available on our website www.jesuitinstitute.org.za for R100.


Expanding Horizons: In our latest podcast, Ricardo da Silva SJ talks to Ursula Chikane about life beyond Top Billing glitz and glam, the lessons of her globetrotting adventures and her faith as a committed Catholic.

“Seeing the state of some of the people in our country and what the Top Billing lifestyle means to them — the inauthenticity of it — and I did play a huge role in it. And I feel badly. I know a lot of people will go, ‘Oh please, it’s not that deep.’ But, they haven’t walked my shoes and seen the results of it.”

Ursula Chikane is a celebrated South African broadcaster and a former enchanting presenter of Top Billing and MTN Gladiators.

Listen on our website or on your preferred podcast app.


Ricardo da Silva SJ, Bishop Duncan Tsoke – Auxiliary Bishop of Johannesburg – and Wicus Barnard SJ at their diaconate ordination
(Picture: Robert Lopes)

Farewell to Ricardo Da Silva SJ: Ricardo was ordained a deacon (with Wicus Barnard SJ) on Saturday 29 June. This also marked the end of his time at the Jesuit Institute where he has been working on spotlight.africa as acting editor. Ricardo leaves the Institute and South Africa in early July to begin further studies in journalism at Columbia University in New York. We are grateful for his contribution to the Institute and wish him well as he begins this new phase in his Jesuit training.


Upcoming events

The 8-Day Retreat is rooted in the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola. The Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayer and contemplative practices developed by St Ignatius to help people deepen their relationship with God.

Join us for this 8-day retreat at Lumko Institute, 47 Dickinson Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni North, Gauteng from 18.00 on Monday 23 September 2019 to 16.30 on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Cost: R5,490 per person.

Contact us at retreats@jesuitinstitute.org.za.