The spirituality project works on bringing, specifically, Ignatian Spirituality, into the African context. We have four locally developed courses:

Hearts on Fire

If you want to learn more about Ignatian Spirituality this is the best place to begin. It offers an engaging introduction over the course of six sessions of two hours each. We open up the Ignatian approach to Christian Spirituality which is about Finding God in All Things and becoming ever-more aware of God in the midst of our often very full daily lives. It also provides an introduction to and some experience of some of the basic Ignatian ways of praying including Imaginative Gospel Contemplation and the Examen of Consciousness.

Discernment Workshops

These Discernment workshops are offered to men, women and youth in the township and are specifically designed to help these groups make decisions and realise their God-given freedom, belovedness and inherent dignity. Through a series of empowering prayer sessions they come to realise that God is communicating with them personally and is interested in their decisions and wants to help them realise the best for themselves.

Ngihamba neNkosi

This course trains facilitators for the Tsoseletsa inculturated group retreat in daily life. It is offered in a modular format to enable people from around the country to attend. One must have attended a Tsoseletsa in order to be eligible to apply for this training. This is an alternative route into Spiritual Direction Training.

Tsotsoletsa

This retreat is done in the parish or community setting in a group over the course of a week. A number of Ignatian ways of prayer are introduced and experienced and participants are able to share something of their experience with others also making the retreat. It is a very African way of experiencing Ignatian Spirituality as it takes into account some significant issues such as dreams, ancestors and the sharing of our stories. These Tsoseletsa weeks are offered mainly (though not exclusively) in townships and rural contexts.

We also have the more traditional offerings of Ignatian Spirituality:

Week of Guided Prayer

A Week of Guided Prayer involves setting aside time each day (about 30 mins) and another 30 mins to meet daily at the same time one to one with a prayer guide. He or she will listen to you and give suggestions for your prayer for the next day which are tailored to your own needs at this time in your life. Retreats in daily life also involve a group introductory and closing session which mark the beginning and end of the retreat. Please make direct contact with the co-ordinator of the Week of Guided Prayer where the dates and venue suit you best. You are welcome to attend at any church regardless of denomination.

Encounter with God

An Encounter with God retreat operates along the same lines as the Week of Guided Prayer retreat but instead of meeting every day for a week you would meet with your prayer guide once a week over five or six weeks. Retreats in daily life also involve a group introductory and closing session which mark the beginning and end of the retreat. Please make direct contact with the co-ordinator of the Encounter with God where the dates and venue suit you best. You are welcome to attend at any church regardless of denomination.

Prayer Guide Training

Captivated by the Spirituality of St Ignatius? Longing to share this gift with others? A good listener? You may have the gift (charism) to be a prayer guide accompanying others on retreats in daily life.

The Prayer Guide Training is also the first step in the process of training to be a Spiritual Director. The emphasis is on training for one to one spiritual accompaniment on retreats in daily life. The course includes both theory and practice of basic listening skills and listening skills specific to spiritual accompaniment (including basic discernment of Spirits and listening for a person’s image of God)

Open Door Retreats

The Open Door Retreat (inspired by Revelation 3:20) was designed in 1980 in response to a group of people who were desirous of a time of deepening their prayer and relationship with God and others.  Two sisters of the Cenacle responded to this desire and the retreat took its form.

It involves a two hour session once a week for nine consecutive weeks, and an openness to sharing with others who will also be making it. One needs to commit to at least 15 minutes each day for personal prayer.