Pope Francis confirms our mission for next 10 years

Our superior general,  Arturo Sosa, has today, 19 January 2019, announced the “Universal Apostolic Preferences” for the next ten years. These have been decided after a long discernment process and have been confirmed by Pope Francis, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports for spotlight.africa

Fr Leonard Chiti SJ, named next Provincial of the Zambia-Malawi Province

Fr. Leonard Chiti, SJ, currently the Superior of St. Ignatius Residence and the Director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Lusaka has been nominated the next Provincial of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Jesuits.

Frank talk on the real lives of SA’s Refugees and Migrants

Jesuit priests, Russell Pollitt and Rampe Hlobo, talk about how South Africa really welcomes migrants and refugees.

PRESS STATEMENT: South Africa’s Gender Based Violence Crisis

The Jesuit Institute South Africa has issued an urgent press statement reflecting on the high incidence of gender-based violence crimes in recent days and the present culture of violence all too prevalent in our social fabric.

Liturgies of the Sacred Easter Triduum

Here are the times for the Liturgies of the Easter Triduum in Jesuit parishes and apostolates in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Join us for the celebrations of this important time in our Christian calendar!

A New Kairos Moment for South Africa

Two very different kinds of leadership. This is what we have seen dramatically highlighted through the events in our country over the past ten days.

PRESS STATEMENT: President Zuma’s Decision to Reshuffle Cabinet

The Jesuit Institute South Africa has noted the President’s decision to reshuffle his cabinet. While we recognise that this is the President’s constitutional prerogative, we must nonetheless note our concern at the reshuffle and the manner in which it was done.

Human Rights in South Africa: Are we just being hypocritical?

As we celebrate Human Rights day, Fr Rampe Hlobo, S.J, for the Jesuit Institute South Africa, reflects on one the most urgent and pressing needs of our time: the rights of refugees and migrants.

PRESS STATEMENT: The Constitutional Court Ruling on SASSA

The Jesuit Institute welcomes the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the irregular contract between the Cash Paymaster Service (CPS) and South African Social Security Association (SASSA)/Ministry of Social Development be continued for a year.

Vatican Correspondent Robert Mickens to deliver lectures in South Africa

Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent, editor of La Croix International, founding editor of Global Pulse Magazine and writer of the weekly Letter from Rome, will be visiting South Africa in March 2017.

Welcoming ‘Homeless Jesus’

Dawn Ngwenya, was amongst those present at the unveiling of the ‘Homeless Jesus’, shares her experience of this new landmark installed on the streets just outside the entrance gate of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Jesuit parish in Braamfontein.

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors launches new website

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is launching a new website devoted to providing information on the commission and its mission, the Vatican announced.

Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, (1928-2016)

The Society of Jesus, worldwide, learned today that our 29th Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, died in Beirut, Lebanon in the community where he had been missioned immediately upon resignation as General at the 35th General Congregation in January 2008. May he rest in peace.

Misericordia et misera: Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et misera, at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Advent Book for Children from Jesuit Institute

This year the Jesuit Institute, in collaboration with Mariannhill Mission Press, have published an Advent book for children entitled Journeying to Jesus’ Birthday: An Advent Book for Children. The book, which was written by Paulina French (who works at the Institute), is meant to be a conversation starter between children and parents.

36th General Congregation Ends in Rome – “Men on Fire with the Gospel Passion”

On the morning of 12 November 2016, the delegates of the 36th General Congregation voted to close the General Congregation. The day began with prayer as usual, but with a new twist for the final day of the Congregation.

Pope Francis on a landmark visit to Sweden

Malmö, Sweden – Pope Francis thanked all the governments of the world that assist refugees and migrants at the second major ecumenical event in Sweden commemorating the Reformation which had a clear focus on Catholics and Lutherans working together for peace and justice.

“The Jesuit is a servant of the joy of the Gospel” – Pope Francis to Jesuits at GC36

There is a well-established tradition that the Holy Father meets with the delegates of the General Congregation. Since most of the time this happens as an audience in the rooms of the Vatican; it was surprising that he chose to meet the Jesuits in their curia.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Events at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Braamfontein

The Society of Jesus in South Africa strongly condemns the chaos that ensued at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Braamfontein, on Wednesday, 19 October.

New Superior General of the Jesuits celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving

Following his election as Superior General, Fr Arturo Sosa, SJ, called Jesuits to “desire to contribute to that which today seems impossible: a humanity reconciled in justice, that dwells peacefully in a well-cared-for common home, where there is a place for all”.

Father Arturo Sosa SJ, 31st General of the Society of Jesus

Following a voting process which began at 9.00 local time the Jesuits have elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ, of the Venezuelan Province, as their Superior General. The news was received shortly after 11.00am this morning. Arturo Sosa was born in Caracas (Venezuela), on November 12, 1948. He is the Delegate of Fr. General for the Curia and the Interprovincial Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome; he is also Counselor of Father General.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT on the shooting of Fr Graham Pugin and the Higher Education Crisis

Fr Graham Pugin S.J., who was shot in the face by a rubber bullet at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, has received medical treatment and is recovering.

“In Africa, we’ve got youth, we’ve got enthusiasm!” – Interview with Michael Lewis, SJ

In our series of conversations with members of the General Congregation from all over the world, we met with the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, Fr. Michael Lewis.

Matthew Charlesworth, S.J., ordained to the priesthood

Matthew has only reached this crucial moment in his life, tonight after a long and sometimes challenging journey of discernment and discovery.

Winter Living Theology 2016 – Liturgy and Justice

The annual Winter Living Theology (WLT) School was held last week at St. Luke’s Retreat Centre in Port Elizabeth recently.

Changing of the Guards!

A Sunday to remember at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Nyanga, was marked by celebratory vibes as parish welcomed the new parish priest, Fr Rampe Hlobo SJ. Fr Hlobo was until end of 2013, the Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service in South Africa.

Jesuit Vows: Why such a fuss about obedience?

A friend of Wicus Barnard, S.J., Jakub Urbaniak, reflects on the vows that our newest South African Jesuit has just professed.

Op-Ed: The Pope Calls on Humanity to Protect the Earth

“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth” because of “unfettered greed and out-of-control consumption”, Pope Francis says, in what must be the most keenly anticipated papal document of modern times. It’s the first encyclical to be written by Francis