Institute Connects June 2018

Institute Connects

June 2018

News from the Jesuit Institute

Homelessness on the streets of Jozi: At the end of May the Jesuit Institute released its first short film documentary which looks at the work being done by students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at WITS University and Holy Trinity Catholic Church. You can watch the documentary HERE.

Delegates at the JASCNET meeting in Nairobi.
(Picture: JASCNET)

Jesuit African Social Centres Network (JASCNET) Meeting:

At the beginning of May Russell Pollitt SJ travelled to Nairobi for the JASCNET strategic planning meeting.

The Jesuit Institute South Africa is a member of the network.

You can read more about the meeting HERE.

Annemarie Paulin-Campbell and Russell Pollitt SJ at De La Salle Holy Cross College
(Picture: Catholic Schools’ Office Johannesburg)

Catholic Schools’ Growing Leaders Programme:

Russell Pollitt SJ and Annemarie Paulin-Campbell facilitated a day on Spirited Leadership for the Catholic Schools’ Office leadership course.

About 40 teachers from across Gauteng attended the day at De La Salle Holy Cross College in Victory Park.




Anthony Egan SJ with one of the Fordham students, Kayla Wolf, at the closing reception.
(Picture: Annemarie Paulin-Campbell)

Fordham Ubuntu Programme:

The Ubuntu programme – a collaborative project between the Jesuit Institute, Fordham University New York and the University of Pretoria – concluded formal classes in late May. The students did presentations on the service-projects that there were involved in on sites around Pretoria. This was followed by a roof-top reception. Anthony Egan SJ, Annemarie Paulin-Campbell, Ursula van Nierop and Russell Pollitt SJ attended the reception.


Moms who attended the Mothers’ Day Retreat in May
(Picture: Annemarie Paulin-Campbell)

Mothers’ Mini-Pause Retreat:

On Saturday 12 May the Jesuit Institute offered another mini-retreat morning. This time it was for moms needing time out to connect with God and themselves in a beautiful setting.

For many of them it provided a rare opportunity for busy moms to take space and time to reflect on their lives and their vocation of being mothers.


Martin van Nierop and Russell Pollitt SJ at the Laudato Si’ workshop in Cape Town
(Picture: Graham Wilson)

Care for our Common Home Workshop in Cape Town:

Russell Pollitt SJ travelled to Cape Town with managing director of Gondwana Environmental Solutions, Dr Martin van Nierop, to conduct a day workshop on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. About 80 people attended the day.

You can read more HERE


(Picture: Pexels)

Mini-Pause Retreat Series:

Our next mini-retreat morning will be on Saturday 30 June and will be for fathers – “Time out for dads”.

It will be conducted by Matthew Charlesworth SJ and Annemarie Paulin-Campbell and will be from 09h00 until 12h00.

To book your place email:

Winter Living Theology 2018:

Fr Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University in New York, will deliver this year’s Winter Living Theology in South Africa. Fr Massingale is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and previously taught at Marquette University. He is a much sort after speaker and will speak on Racial Justice and the Demands of Discipleship. He will deliver the lectures in Johannesburg on 26-28 June, Port Elizabeth on 3-5 July, Durban on 10-12 July and Cape Town on 17-18 July. You can find more information on the WLT2018 series on our website.

To register email:

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.

Our online news, reflection and analysis website continues to provide news, analysis and commentary.

You will find content

  • on the rise (in Africa) and decline (in Europe) of Church;
  • a popular priest quits radio due to ill health;
  • why one bishop thinks that Mandela was not a sell-out and
  • an open letter to President Ramaphosa about the #Run4Pads campaign.

Read all the articles here

Jesuit Institute Spokesperson
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