Institute Connects — February 2021

Staff retreat/workshop: The staff of the Institute began the year with a retreat led by Melissa Van Biljon at the Origins Retreat Centre in the Cradle of Humankind. This was followed by two days reflecting on our work and looking towards the future. 


PGT Online: The Jesuit Institute offered Prayer Guide Training online for the first time over the last two weekends in January. This will be followed by a practicum online Week of Guided Prayer in February. 19 people participated, many of whom will be part of the upcoming Spiritual Direction Training. 


Photo: St Lucia Retreat Centre

30-Day Retreat at St Lucia: Matthew Charlesworth SJ and Nonto Mhlongo journeyed to St Lucia Retreat Centre at the start of January and directed the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola to a group of 10 Missionaries of Africa (M.Afr) and a diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of Bloemfontein. The retreatants came from India, Tanzania, Kenya, the DRC, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda. The Missionaries of Africa are currently at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara, where they are studying theology through the University of KwaZulu-Natal in preparation for ministry.


Beauty course instructor Abimbola Adeola demonstrates how to perform a hair-relaxing procedure at the Jesuit Refugee Service’s skills development centre in Pretoria. (Image Jesuit Refugee Services)

JRS Livelihoods Project – In the News: Jesuit Refugee Service will be partnering with journalists this year to change perceptions on refugees, asylum seekers and mobile communities and to share the work JRS is doing. Read the first article looking at the impact of the livelihoods programs on women’s lives HERE. 


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