Lenten Lectures

Lenten lectures about Ecological Conversion with Fr Peter Knox SJ.


Over the next six weeks, Fr Peter will introduce the series and the topic of Ecological Conversion. He will cover subtopics relating to the theme in terms of Biblical references, tradition, reasons to care for our common home, and lessons from Catholic Social Teaching, culminating with ideas about what we can do and our role.


Online on Zoom


Tuesday 19h00-20h00


22, 27 February

 5, 12, 19, 26 March


No Charge. Donations welcome.

The Prayer of the Heart

An introduction to the prayer of the heart.

Inspired by the living Ignatian tradition, Karin Seethaler will lead a five-week introductory course on the contemplative method of prayer proposed by Fr Franz Jalics, SJ. This course will be practically orientated to help participants experience and practice this contemplative prayer method. It is also known as the contemplative phase of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises or the Jesus Prayer. No previous experience of this type of prayer is necessary. Participants do not have to have made the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.


Silence is essential to this prayer, so participants will need a silent space to participate in and practice this method.


Online on Zoom


Tuesday 18h00-20h00


9, 16, 23 January

6, 13 February 2024

PLEASE NOTE: Since the evenings build on each other, it is advisable to attend all five evenings.


Investment: R1800 per person.

Hearts on Fire

This course offers new ways to pray and live and gives an opportunity to learn more about Ignatian Spirituality. Hearts on Fire offers an engaging introduction over the course of six weekly online sessions. 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, is explored. Hearts on Fire also provides an introduction and some experience of some basic Ignatian ways of praying, including Imaginative Gospel Contemplation and the Examen of Consciousness.


Your investment of R1350 includes a manual.


2024 Dates:

18, 25 January & 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb

26 Sep & 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Oct

Spiritual Accompaniment Training

Our advanced training is five years long and helps people train as Spiritual Accompaniers, capable of directing the 30-Day Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola and supervising other Spiritual Directors. A three-year course is offered in 16 two-day modules over the first two years. These are provided online. In the third year, the practical requirement of 50 supervised hours of spiritual accompaniment is completed. The course is offered from an Ignatian point of view but is designed to benefit people whose dominant spirituality is not necessarily Ignatian. These modules are followed by one-year training in giving the complete Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola and one-year training in the Supervision of Spiritual Accompaniers.



  1. Complete and submit the application form
  2. Attend your own spiritual accompaniment sessions
  3. Completion of the Hearts on Fire course or an equivalent Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality offered by the Jesuit Institute South Africa before March 2024


Investment: R27,500 (US$ 1790) over three years for tuition/supervision. Excludes any online costs and books. There will be a discount on selected Jesuit Institute retreats over the three years. Payment plans are available.


The next course will start in February 2024.



This week-long group retreat within a parish or community setting introduces a number of Ignatian ways of prayer and experiencing Ignatian Spirituality in an African context. Participants are able to share something of their experience with others also making the retreat. Tsotsoletsa takes into account some significant issues such as dreams, ancestors and the sharing of our stories.

Ngihamba neNkosi

This course trains facilitators for the Tsotseletsa inculturated group retreat in daily life. It is offered in a modular format to enable people from around the country to attend. This is an introductory training in facilitating an Ignatian Parish retreat in a township context.

Prayer Guide Training

The Prayer Guide Training equips you as a prayer guide to accompany others on retreats in daily life as well as to facilitate a parish retreat. The emphasis is on training for one to one spiritual accompaniment on retreats. 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).