Institute Connects April 2018

Institute Connects

April 2018

News from the Jesuit Institute

Russell Pollitt SJ and Justine Limpitlaw (Picture: Thomas Plastow SJ)

Living with Integrity in the Digital World: Russell Pollitt SJ and Justine Limpitlaw did a two-day workshop with first year seminarians at St Francis Xavier Seminary in Cape Town on the positives and negatives of digital media. The workshop was well received – and many students described is as “challenging”.

Digital Pathfinding: The Jesuit Institute has teamed up with the Catholic Institute for Education (CIE) to host a seminar on digital media in the school community. Schools are struggling to come to grips with these new issues and we hope that this seminar will equip them with some strategies on how to deal with them.  We are in the process of negotiating with some of the social media platforms to present at the conference.  We have secured a forensic psychologist who has a great deal of experience assisting schools with these challenges.  We will also be presenting a programme that schools could put in place to help children regulate their behaviour on online platforms and social media apps. It promises to be very cutting-edge and informative.

The seminar is relevant for all teachers (NOT just IT teachers!), principals and SMTs, parents, therapists, school lawyers, school board members and anyone else interested in safeguarding children. The seminar will be at the Sierra Hotel in Randburg on the 13-14 September. For more information contact

Anthony Egan SJ on a panel speaking about compassion in different religions. (Picture: Russell Pollitt SJ)

Interfaith Gathering on Compassion: Anthony Egan SJ gave an input on the Christian understanding on “Compassion” at an interfaith meeting organised by the Turquoise Harmony Institute in Johannesburg. The gathering listened to a Jewish, Muslim and Christian speaker and was followed by questions and answers.

Mike Pothier, Hopolang Selebalo and Russell Pollitt SJ (Picture: Catholic Welfare and Development Media)


Budget 2018: What about Our Human Rights? Russell Pollitt SJ spoke at the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office’s roundtable on the 2018 budget. He looked at the national budget from a Catholic Social Teaching Perspective. The other presenter at the roundtable was Ms Hopolang Selebalo who is a researcher at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute.


Interfaith Meeting hosted at the Chief Rabbi’s Offices: Russell Pollitt SJ and Paulina French attended a meeting hosted by the Chief Rabbi in Johannesburg. The gathering focused on the persecution of people of faith across the globe today.  Rabbi Yitzchak Alderstein, global director of interfaith affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in LA, was the guest speaker.

Jesuits at the workshop in Mozambique which Puleng Matsaneng attended (Picture: Puleng Matsaneng)

Helping Jesuits Discern in Mozambique: The Jesuits Province of Zimbabwe-Mozambique held a meeting at Satemwa, Mozambique, on discernment in common. Puleng was invited to the meeting because of the recent training workshop she attended in Rome. The training in Rome gave her resources to facilitate and give workshops on discernment in common.  Puleng says: “I felt that the experience I gained during the meeting in Mozambique was fruitful and life-changing.”

A retreatant at the first Mini-Pause Retreat (Picture: Annemarie Paulin-Campbell)

Mini-Pause Retreat Series: On Saturday 24 March from 09.00 to 12.00, on the eve of Holy Week, Annemarie Paulin-Campbell led first mini-retreat morning at the Jesuit Institute. Retreatants had some guided prayer experiences and plenty of time to be and walk in the beautiful gardens and chapel. Those who came were grateful for the space to take some time out and connect with God. For some it was their first ever retreat experience.

Our next mini-retreat morning will be on Saturday 12 May (the day before Mother’s Day) for any moms who would like time out from their busy lives to connect with God. 09.00-12.00. Email to book your spot.

The Easter Vigil at the Triduum Retreat in Benoni (Picture: Ursula van Nierop)

Triduum Retreat: The Institute’s annual Triduum Retreat took place from the 29 March – 1 April and the Lumko Retreat and Conference Centre in Benoni. There were 22 people on the retreat. Book your spot for next year!



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Spotlight Africa: Spotlight Africa, a ministry of the Jesuit Institute, celebrated its first 100 days on the 10 March 2018. During that time, we have received over 100 thousand visitors to our website looking at 190 articles. The most popular three articles in March, so far, have been:


  • Hearts on Fire: This introductory programme into Ignatian Spirituality will be offered from 8 May to the 12 June at Bryanston Methodist Church. To book your place email:




Eight-day Directed Retreat at the Sea: Want to spend quality time with God? Need to make an important decision? Time is running out to book your place on the eight-day individually directed retreat at St Dominic’s at The Bluff in Durban. It starts on the evening of the 1 June and ends on the morning of the 10 June. The retreat centre is only five minutes walk from the beach. It is a perfect time of the year to escape the Gauteng winter weather. Email

  • 30-Day Retreat: There are only two spaces left on the 30-day residential retreat – known as the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, 29 August to 30 September 2018. Note that the actual experience is 34 days as there are preparation days and debrief days. It will be offered later this year by a team led by Fr Gero McLoughlin, a South African born Jesuit based in the U.K. The retreat will be at the stunningly beautiful St Lucia Retreat and Conference Centre in St Lucia, KZN. For more information contact


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