Homelessness on the Streets of Jozi – A Documentary
The Jesuit Institute South Africa presents its first short documentary film highlighting the ministry and services offered to the homeless people of the inner city of Johannesburg at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein. For many years members of the Braamfontein Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul have run a soup kitchen from the local church, as part of their ministry to provide relief to the inner-city’s poorest, offering food, clothing and other assistance to those who live on the streets.
Additionally, in an initiative by the medical and pharmacy students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with the Holy Trinity community, a primary healthcare service under the name of Trinity Health Services runs from the Church where a clinic was built for this purpose.
The services offered at the clinic include consultations with student doctors, ably supervised by qualified medical professionals, and also an on-site pharmacy dispensing free medicines run by student-pharmacists under supervision. The clinic is open on a bimonthly basis, every second Monday evening, at the same time that the weekly soup kitchen is run. The documentary, a film by the Jesuit Institute’s media team, Sr Katleho Khang and Francis Tuson, intends to highlight the plight of those who live on the streets, allowing them to tell their stories and also show the incredible work being done by volunteer students and parishioners with the poorest of this inner-city population.
For more information or to make a donation to this initiative, please contact the Jesuit Institute South Africa, via email email@example.com or call us on +(27) 11 482 4237.
Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJB.Bus.Sc., M.Com. (Rhodes), M.A. (London), B.Th. (CUEA), Th.M. (Toronto), S.T.L. (Regis)
Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Matthew manages the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and is involved in the Spirituality work whilst completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course run by the Institute.
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Sr Katleho Khang SNJMDip. Mass Communications (NUL); P.D.M.M. (Rhodes); B.A. Theatre & Film (Winnipeg); B.A. Conflict Resolution (Menno Simons College)
Katleho Khang, is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She graduated from University of Lesotho with a Diploma in Mass Communication in 2009, double major B.A. in Theatre & Film and Conflict Resolution Studies, from University of Winnipeg, Canada in 2014, and trained in Coaching and Mediation Skills at Menno Simmons College, Winnipeg, Canada. Sr. Katleho completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Media Management at Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership at Rhodes University in 2015, and currently training in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit School of Spirituality in South Africa. Katleho has a passion for social justice and women issues. She attended summits at the United Nations, New York City, on Sustainable Development 13 in 2004, and on Women Status in 2017. She worked in the NGO sector and served on SNJM Justice and Peace Network as Liaison officer. She also worked for the Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference as a Communication officer. In her spare time, Sr. Katleho enjoys reading, watching documentaries and photography.
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Mr Francis Tuson
Francis John Tuson grew up in Johannesburg and was exposed to Ignatian themes from a young age through his family’s involvement with Christian Life Communities (CLC). He attended De La Salle Holy Cross College for his initial schooling and then was home schooled before returning to De La Salle for his matric year. After trying both Music and Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, he studied Post-Production sound engineering at the Academy of Sound Engineering. Before joining the Jesuit Institute, Francis worked variously, as a dubbing engineer, a sound designer, and a final mix engineer – working on a variety of projects, with a many different languages from around the world including; Mandarin, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Hindi, Hausa, French and Zulu. Francis is working on as much of the Jesuit Institute’s media as possible, attempting to drag the Jesuit institute, and ultimately the Catholic Church into the 21st century. In his free time, Francis enjoys extreme sports,hiking, and playing music.
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Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJB.A. (Hons) (London), B.Theol., STB (FAJE-UFMG)
Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ (born in Coimbra, Portugal 1983; entered the Jesuits 2007; ordained deacon 2019) immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother at the age of six. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK) and theology (Brazil). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless.
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