Institute Connects October 2017

Institute Connects

October 2017

News from the Jesuit Institute

Care of our Common Home: The Jesuit Institute teamed up with Gondwana Environmental Solutions to offer the first day workshop on Laudato Si’ in September. The workshop got very positive feedback. Anthony Egan SJ gave an overview of Laudato Si’. The Institute and Gondwana offer the workshop to any interested people anywhere in South Africa. Included in the workshop is the recently produced book by the Institute on Care of our Common Home. For more information please contact

The Catholic Church and Colonialism in South Africa: Anthony Egan SJ recently completed the second in the series on the history of the Catholic Church in South Africa. The Church will be celebrating 200 years in the country in 2018. The Jesuit Institute has teamed up with the Daily Maverick to produce this series. Each of the articles will look at the Church’s role in SA thematically. Read the latest piece in the Daily Maverick.

(Picture: St Francis Xavier Seminary)

Seminarians in Cape Town with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba who visited them earlier this year.
Cape Town Seminarians Retreat: Puleng Matsaneng and Shaun Carls SJ led a retreat for seminarians doing their first year of study at St Francis Xavier Orientation Seminary. Thirty students from all over Southern Africa are studying at the seminary in Cape Town. The retreat was in the last week of September.

Lay Leaders Conference: Russell Pollitt SJ was the keynote speaker at the annual Johannesburg Archdiocesan Lay Leaders Conference in September at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Malvern. About 300 people attended from all over the Archdiocese. The theme of the day was “Should the Church be involved in Politics?” The day was organised by the Department of Evangelisation.

(Picture: Jesuits UK)

St Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre in Wales
St Bueno’s: Annemarie Paulin-Campbell was a director on an 8-day retreat at the Jesuit retreat centre in Wales. The centre was home to well-known English poet Gerard Manley-Hopkins SJ.

(Picture courtesy of SpIRE)

Dublin: Annemarie also visited Dublin where she delivered a public lecture, “Finding God when Feeling Low”, at the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE). For more information about SpIRE visit

Farewell: At the end of September the Jesuit Institute said farewell to long-time staff member Frances Correia. Frances resigned as a member of staff due to family commitments. She will be missed by many.

Frances, we wish you everything of the best in this new chapter in your life. Thank you for all you have done over the many years that you worked to build up and promote Ignatian Spirituality in South Africa.

Carmelite Sisters Retreat: Russell Pollitt SJ directed the Carmelite Sisters at the Monastery of St Therese in Benoni on an 8-day retreat. For more information about the Carmelites click HERE.


Residential retreats:
Lumko: 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

St Benedict’s: This September St Benedict’s Anglican Retreat Centre offered their annual 8-day individually directed retreat. The retreat was well received. St Benedict’s will be offering a 4-day directed retreat 30 November to 4 December. For more information contact:

St Lucia: An 8-day directed retreat will be offered by a group of Methodist directors from 17 – 26 October, at St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre in Kwa Zulu Natal. For more information please contact Brenda Timmer:

Hearts on Fire: Hearts on Fire will run Monday evenings 23 October – 27 November, Christ Church, Richmond Road, Kenilworth Cape Town. Contact Judy:


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Laudato Si’: 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:

Winter Living Theology 2017:  Finding God in Addiction. Talks by Fr Tom Weston SJ now available on CD(8CDs) or USB Drive.  R200 excl. postage Contact:   to order



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