Institute Connects December 2017

Institute Connects

December 2017

News from the Jesuit Institute

Fidelis Mukonori SJ and Russell Pollitt SJ at Chishawasha Mission, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Russell Pollitt SJ went to Zimbabwe to interview Fr Fidelis Mukonori SJ. Mukonori played an important role in the negotiations which helped bring about a leadership change in the country. For many years Mukonori has been a key figure in the politics of the country. He is well known for his interventions in which he tries to bring conflictual parties around a table to engage with each other.

David Rowan SJ talking about the Jesuit martyrs he knew at the book launch.

Book launch – ‘Missionary Martyrs of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe’: On the 21 November, the Jesuit Institute hosted the Johannesburg launch of the Missionary Martyrs of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe 1976-1988 by Ted Rogers SJ. At the launch Dominican Provincial, Alison Munroe, spoke about martyrdom; Danisa Khumalo, from the Denis Hurley Peace Institute, spoke about the political situation which led the war and the killing of missionaries and Jesuit Regional Superior, Fr David Rowan, recalled some memories of some of the martyrs that he knew and lived with. The book is available from the Institute for R120. You can read a review of the book HERE.

Spotlight Africa: A new Catholic online publication – – launched on 3 December. In the launch edition, there is an exclusive interview with Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town by Ranjeni Munusamy. There are a number of other interesting articles about the Church, Africa and the world. Visit Spotlight Africa and share it with friends and others in your church community!

Diversity Workshops: The current situation in South Africa has been difficult. The Jesuit Institute felt there was a need to start looking at ways in which to address the issues of diversity in our communities. We invited volunteers of different races to participate in workshops held over three Saturday mornings. The workshops were based on principles of Ignatian Spirituality. The sessions were successful and provided the participants with a safe place to share their stories and take their learning back to their homes and communities.

Ngihamba neNkosi Training: Fifteen, mostly young people, took part in this training which was had at Lumko in Benoni in November. It was led by Puleng Matsaneng and volunteers. The participants came from all over South Africa – Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ingwavuma and Cape Town. The feedback from the training was excellent. The participants said that they really enjoyed the role plays that were done during the training.


Prayer Guide Training: The first module of Prayer Guide Training was conducted by Jesuit Institute volunteers Sue and Cecil Edwards in Botswana. 16 people took part in the training.



30-day Retreat: The Institute will offer the full Spiritual Exercises from 27 August – 30 September 2018 at St Lucia in Kwazulu-Natal. Applicants need to have made at least one eight-day retreat. Spaces are limited. For more information or to apply please contact the Institute by emailing


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The staff of the Jesuit Institute South Africa would like to thank you for your support in 2017. We would also like to wish you and your loved ones a very blessed, holy and peaceful Advent and Christmas.

Please note that this is the last edition of Institute Connects until February 2018.

Jesuit Institute Spokesperson
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