Institute Connects October 2019

Institute Connects

October 2019

News from the Jesuit Institute

Fr Laurence Freeman OSB teaching learners to meditate (Picture: Ursula van Nierop)

Contemplative Living: Fr Laurence Freeman OSB from the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) visited South Africa from 5 – 15 September 2019. He gave talks and introduced Christian meditation to over 800 people, including teachers, learners and public audiences from various faith backgrounds. During his visit he met with Cardinal Napier, Archbishop Brislin and Bishop Tsoke. The visit included a day-retreat at Origins Retreat Centre. The events were co-hosted by the Jesuit Institute, Catholic Institute for Education and WCCM South Africa.

Retreatants in silent prayer in the chapel (Picture: Annemarie Paulin-Campbell)

8-Day Retreat: A wonderful eight-day retreat starting on 23 September was held at Lumko Retreat and Conference Centre.The retreat ended on 1 October – the Feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux. We had a wonderful mixed group of people from different denominations and walks of life taking time to deepen their relationship with God.

Attendees during the meeting (Picture: Puleng Matsaneng)

South African Christian Leadership Initiative (SACLI): As part of their Decade of Reconciliation (2016 – 2019), SACLI arranged a day retreat at the Apartheid Museum. SACLI endeavours to bring communities together to reflect on the journey from racism to reconciliation. Puleng Matsaneng represented the Jesuit Institute at the meeting. Attendees enjoyed the conversations and gained much from each other.

Guides during the retreat (Picture: Pru Cooper)

Tsoseletsa Retreat and Prayer Guide Training – Bloemfontein: Meshack Shaku and Maki Makgothi, who are volunteers for the Jesuit Institute, travelled to Bloemfontein to train new guides for Tsoseletsa Retreats. This became a bonding experience for the team and helped them find a common understanding of their relationship with God.

Guides during the programme (Picture: Kiki Chitita)

Tsoseletsa Retreat and Prayer Guide Training – Gaborone: Jesuit Institute volunteers, Morongoa Selepe and Maki Makgothi, ran the retreat and training assessment for new guides. Trainees were eager to learn and grow. All the guides in training shared how being part of the Prayer Guide Training helped change their lives. The volunteers also shared how amazing it is to experience the joy from people when they encounter prayer.

St Francis Xavier Seminary (Picture: Thomas Plastow SJ, Facebook)

Seminary Retreat: Puleng Matsaneng and Russell Pollitt SJ ran a retreat for the Orientation Seminary in Cape Town. The seminarians come from diverse parts of our country. Thirty seminarians participated wholeheartedly in the retreat and found it a meaningful experience.

Expanding Horizons: In our latest podcast, Fr Laurence Freeman OSB talks about Christian meditation, the gift of silence and the revolution of contemplative living.

Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk and a teacher of Christian meditation. He’s the author of several books on the topic and has been involved in the World Community for Christian Meditation since 1980.

Listen on our website or on your preferred podcast app

Upcoming events

Join us for  Hearts on Fire an introduction to Ignatian spirituality.

A six-week course on Tuesday evenings

Dates    22, 29 October and 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2019

Time     18.00 – 20.30

Venue   The Jesuit Institute, 15  Molesey Avenue, Auckland Park (safe parking available)

Cost    R500 per person (Limited sponsorship available)

Send an email to  in order to register.

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