Institute Connects November 2019

Institute Connects

November 2019

News from the Jesuit Institute

Dawn Haynes, Cardinal Wilfred Napier OFM, Russell Pollitt SJ (Picture: Ursula van Nierop )

Dawn Haynes, Cardinal Wilfred Napier OFM, Russell Pollitt SJ (Picture: Ursula van Nierop )

Book Launch: The Jesuit Institute hosted the Johannesburg launch of Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM’s book The Here and Now Christian. The book is collection of various addresses and columns that have been penned by the Cardinal. The book is available for R180. You can order the book from Dawn Haynes, or from the Jesuit Institute.

All profits from the book are going to the Napier Centre for Healing in Durban. The centre helps drug addicts to recover, and offers training in skills to help them rebuild their lives.

Bishop Peter Holiday celebrated the final mass of the retreat. (Picture: Fr Thabo Chomane)

Kroonstad Priests Retreat: Russell Pollitt SJ led the clergy of Kroonstad on their annual retreat at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre in Bethlehem in October. About 20 priests were on the retreat with their bishop, Peter Holiday.

(Image: Matthew Charlesworth SJ)

Racism in Church and Society: On Saturday 12 October 2019, Matthew Charlesworth SJ and Puleng Matsaneng presented a workshop to the leadership of the Catholic Order of the Knights of Da Gama. The workshop looked at the obstacles to engaging with racism, and clarified the difference between racism, prejudice and discrimination. We saw how racism is a ‘soul-sickness’ and an ongoing process of transformation was suggested alongside the advocacy of spiritual conversation. The day included time for prayer and personal sharing of experiences of racism. We concluded the day with mass praying for racial justice and reconciliation.

The 2018-2020 SDT participants at the final teaching module at Lumko in Benoni (Picture: Jesuit Institute)

The 2018-2020 SDT participants at the final teaching module at Lumko in Benoni (Picture: Jesuit Institute)

Spiritual Director Training (SDT): At the end of October, beginning of November, the final teaching module of the Institute’s SDT programme took place at Lumko in Benoni. The three-year course is made up of two years of teaching, done over eight modules, and then there is one final year of practicums. The final teaching module included dealing with trauma in spiritual direction, self-care for the spiritual director and the impact of technology on the spiritual life. The module concluded with a celebratory liturgy and lunch.

The city of Pretoria from the meeting room in the east wing of the Union Buildings (Picture Russell Pollitt SJ)

The role of Religion in Social Cohesion: Russell Pollitt SJ was invited by the National Planning Committee of the government to address them on the role of religion in social cohesion at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The committee was meeting to talk about the chapter on social cohesion in the National Development Plan.

Tsoseletsa Volunteers (Picture: Puleng Matsaneng)

Volunteers Retreat: Puleng Matsaneng ran a 4-day retreat for volunteers involved in Tsoseletsa Retreats from 3-6 October 2019. This was a well-earned and much needed silent retreat and was held at Lumko Retreat Centre. The volunteers felt a restored sense of hope in their lives as they were reminded that we are God’s beloved and that he delights in us.

Anthony Egan SJ (Picture: Ursula van Nierop)

Teaching and Writing: Anthony Egan SJ has concluded the teaching of the module on Christian Ethics at St Augustine College. He is now setting and marking exams. He has been writing the Lent book for 2020, provisionally titled, God’s Universe. Our Responsibility. In between, Anthony makes time for the supervision of Bio-ethics students at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Upcoming events

Join us for a Quiet Day of Reflection presented by Russell Pollitt SJ and Paul Faller

Theme: Be Still
Date: 23 November 2019
Time: 09.30 – 15.00
Venue: The Jesuit Insitute, 15 Molesey Avenue, Auckland Park (safe parking available)
Cost: R200 per person

Bring a packed lunch. Send an email to to reserve your place.

Jesuit Institute Spokesperson
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