Institute Connects November 2017

Institute Connects

November 2017

News from the Jesuit Institute

Photo: Servicio Fotografico Vaticano

Child Dignity in the Digital World: Russell Pollitt SJ attended the Child Dignity Congress in Rome. The Congress, held at the Jesuit-run Gregorian University, brought experts together from all over the world to discuss issues related to child protection. These included psychologists, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, lawmakers, software developers, sociologists and governments. At the end of the Congress the Rome Declaration was presented to Pope Francis by the delegates. The Jesuit Institute will facilitate a workshop and, with the Gregorian University, offer an intensive training course in child protection. To find out more about the Congress click HERE. For more information email

Calling ALL YOUNG PEOPLE: Make a VIDEO! The Jesuit Institute is inviting young people between the ages of 15-27 to make a short video on their smartphones – or borrow one from your folks! – answering one, some or all the following questions:

  1. What role does your Catholic faith play in your life?
  2. What do you think the Catholic Church needs to do for young people?
  3. What do you want the Church to do for you?
  4. What do you want to tell the bishops and Pope Francis about young people in the Church today?

Pope Francis has called a Synod on Youth in 2018 and wants to hear what young people think. The Jesuit Institute will compile all the videos we receive into one programme of your thoughts. To find out more about the Synod click HERE
Email videos to or WhatsApp your video to 076 993 9115

Spiritual Exercises Training (SET): The last module of SET took place at the end of October. At the last module the Institute also commissioned new Spiritual Directors, Ignatian Animators and Directors of the Spiritual Exercises who had fulfilled the requirements of the three-year training.

Laudato Si’ – Cape Town: Russell Pollitt SJ went to Cape Town with Martin van Nierop, from Gondwana Environmental Solutions, to look at possible joint projects and research on environmental issues – including a workshop for the Archdiocese of Cape Town on Laudato Si’ in early 2018.

The Jesuit Institute published a workbook appropriate for anyone wanting to engage with the contents of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter ‘Care for our Common Home’. The book is suitable for clergy, church/parish groups, teachers, catechists etc. It contextualises the issues Pope Francis addresses and it offers questions for reflection or discussion after each section. The book was endorsed by Bishop Able Gabuza – Chair of the SACBC’s Justice and Peace Commission, Theologian Fr Chris Chatteris SJ, and Prof Bob Scholes from the Global Change Institute at WITS University. It is available for R120 (A4 full colour) from the Jesuit Institute:

Jesuit Social Apostolate Meeting: Russell Pollitt SJ and Anthony Egan SJ attended the annual South African Jesuit Social Apostolate Meeting. The meeting brings together Jesuits and their collaborators from all over South Africa to look at the Society’s social justice work in South Africa. The meeting included Jesuits from Jesuit-staffed parishes, the Jesuit Institute, Jesuit Refugee Service, and Matsepane Morare SJ who works as a researcher for the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office in Cape Town.

Residential Retreats: The Jesuit Institute will offer an 8-day individually directed retreat at Lumko in Benoni from the 8 -16 December. Cost: R4950. For more information please contact

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Advent Book: Book available in Hard-copy and Audio Book. To Order email

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