Institute Connects August 2018

Institute Connects

August 2018

News from the Jesuit Institute

Winter Living Theology 2018 ends on a high:  This year’s series on Racial Justice and the Demands of Discipleship attracted record numbers in the five cities to which it travelled. At the end of his month-long stay Fr Bryan Massingale, deeply inspired by his South African experience, made a short video with the help of our media team to record the highlights of his time. Watch the video HERE. Also, if you missed WLT2018 the full audio version of the series is now available and can be ordered HERE.

Catholic Theological Ethics Conference in Sarajevo: Anthony Egan SJ, has just returned from Bosnia-Herzegovina where he attended The Third International Conference of Catholic Theological Ethics in a World Church. The conference is a major gathering of the world’s ethicists and offered Catholic theologians the world over the opportunity to reflect on some of the great moral challenges of our time: the crises in ecology and political governance. Read about the conference HERE.

New Design for Weekly Reflection: After a number of years with the same template and in response to your feedback, we have updated the look and feel of our weekly reflection email. It is also in a text-friendly format now for those that can’t receive the version with graphics. The Weekly Reflection is sent out each week and is a joint collaboration between the Jesuit Institute and the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Bishops’ (CPLO). The CPLO is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa and the country’s Parliament and government.  View this week’s reflection HERE. If you would like to receive the reflection in future, please leave your details HERE.

St Ignatius Day Celebration:

The staff of the Jesuit Institute and of the Jesuit Regional Office in Auckland Park celebrated St Ignatius Day, the feast of the founder of the Jesuits, on 31 July. The day was commemorated with a thanksgiving Mass presided by the Jesuit Institute Director, Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, and was followed by a celebratory lunch. Everyone was also given the afternoon off to remember this great saint of the Church in whose footsteps we aim to follow.

Ignatian Day in Hilton, KZN:

Puleng Matsaneng and Annemarie Paulin-Campbell presented at an Ignatian Day at Hilton Methodist Church in KwaZulu Natal that was organised and offered by people trained by the Jesuit Institute in Ignatian Spirituality under the auspices of Lefelleng – Centre for Spiritual Accompaniment. The day held at Hilton Methodist church included talks on Ignatian Spirituality and African Spirituality. Methodist Bishop-elect Sidwell Mokgothu was one of the main speakers. A range of elective workshops on different forms of Ignatian prayer was offered including some more experimental forms such as using drumming as a way into prayer. It was wonderful to see so many new people being introduced to Ignatian Spirituality.

Coming Up

Conference on Religion & Racial Justice in South Africa and the United States:

The Jesuit Institute South AfricaThe Department of Theology at Fordham University in New York and The Centre for Contextual Ministry at the University of Pretoria,  in a joint collaboration, will host a comparative, ecumenical conference on religion and racial justice in South Africa and the United States. Read more here.

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 have secured a forensic psychologist who has a great deal of experience assisting schools with these challenges and have met with a number of representatives from social media platforms.  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. Register here.

LGBTQI+ Morning Retreat: There are many people who would like to make a retreat but simply aren’t able to take a few days off. This is why earlier this year we introduced our “Retreat Morning” series. The mornings are focussed on a particular theme and are held monthly in the stunning gardens of our Johannesburg office, facilitated by members of our team. In September, we offer a retreat for the LGBTQI+ community and their loved ones in the hope that it might offer them a space to spend time with others who are dealing with often painful and difficult issues around sexuality and faith. For more information or to book your place, please contact

Weekend Hiking Retreat – 21-23 September in Heidelberg: A retreat offering a unique experience for prayer and reflection. Perfect for those who wish to couple their love for the outdoors with their desire to deepen their relationship with God. The retreat will be led by Jesuit Institute director, Fr Russell Pollitt SJ.  For more information or to apply please contact

Individually Guided 8-Day Retreat in Johannesburg: The Jesuit Institute will host an individually guided eight-day residential retreat from 14-22 September at Lumko Institutein Benoni. For more information or to apply please contact

Our online news, reflection, and analysis website is becoming more widely known and the growing numbers of visitors to its pages attests to this.

If you haven’t yet visited, now is a good time to see what we’re up to.

Go to Spotlight.Africa.



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