South Africa

Jesuit Missions is in touch with their partners in Southern Africa to respond to the humanitarian disaster caused by Cyclone Idai, which is thought to be one of the worst weather related disasters to ever hit the Southern hemisphere.The death toll is currently in the hundreds but it is feared that this is likely to increase to thousands in the coming days.The cyclone first hit Mozambique last Thursday near the port city of Beira, which is home to half a million people, including a Jesuit...
Province assembly Zimbabwe Mozambique
Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ travelled to Zimbabwe and South Africa last week, touching base with most of the “Class of 68” – the men who joined the then English Province of the Jesuits back in 1968 – and revisiting some of the places that marked the start of his Jesuit life.The main purpose of the trip was to help facilitate the Province Assembly for members of the new Zimbabwe-Mozambique Jesuit province.  Drawing on his professional background as a psychologist, Brendan delivered a...
South Africa's Finance Minster, Pravin Gordhan. Flickr
By Russell Pollitt SJ, Director of the Jesuit Institute South AfricaFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan made a strong call to conversion in his 2017 Budget Speech. Quoting Pope Francis he said, “Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart”. He went on to say, “We need to radically transform our economy so that we have a more diversified economy, with more jobs and inclusivity in ownership and participation”....
A new website for the Jesuits in South Africa
The Jesuits in South Africa have launched their new website to enable visitors to find out more about their way of life and the ministries in which they are engaged. At present, there are two Jesuit communities in South Africa: one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town. And while this is where they are based, they are often invited to other parts of the country, whether to offer spirituality training, direct retreats, teach a course in a school or university or to offer support to...
Holy Trinity Church, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
The Jesuits in South Africa have decided - with regret - to withdraw their church in Braamfontein as a meeting place to help resolve the university crisis in Johannesburg. Holy Trinity Church had been offered as a "safe and neutral space" for university officials and students to resolve the dispute over tuition fees. But in a statement yesterday, Father David Rowan SJ, Regional Superior of the Jesuits in South Africa, said that the church "has been violated by those who declared...
Fr Justin Glyn SJ with Bishop Patrick Dunn
A visually-impaired Jesuit, who was inspired by the British Jesuits, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Southwell, as well as the French palaeontologist-priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ, has been ordained to the priesthood in New Zealand.Born in Namibia and brought up in South Africa, Justin Glyn felt drawn to law and the priesthood when he left school. However, he was advised to get more experience of the world before embarking on religious life, so he decided to concentrate on practising...
Black and white photograph of Fr Augustus Law SJ
This year marks the 140th anniversary of the completion of St Aidan’s College in South Africa. At its opening, 31 January 1867, the community consisted of three Jesuit priests and three Jesuit brothers. In this blog post we remember the life of Fr Augustus Law, one of those founding Fathers.  Augustus Law was born 21 October 1833 and entered the Society 15 January 1854 after a career in the navy, during which he converted to Catholicism. In the ten years between entering the...
Archbishop Denis Hurley
On the anniversary of the death of Denis Hurley, Paddy Kearney explains how the man who was Archbishop of Durban for 45 years is still having an impact on that city.  Why would Archbishop Hurley have approved of Pope Francis’ priorities for the Church, and how are those priorities finding expression in the mission of a new project? 13 February 2015 marks eleven years since the death of a man who, for 45 years, was Archbishop of Durban. This anniversary, in the centenary year of...
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One year after the death of Nelson Mandela, on 5 December 2013, Al Gini and Raymond Perrier offer a brief assessment of the extent to which Mandela’s legacy is discernible in South Africa today. In order to fulfil the ambitions of the anti-Apartheid movement, is it leadership or followership that South Africans most need? A little more than 20 years ago, a political miracle occurred. The Apartheid government in South Africa allowed a one-person, one-vote election to be held, and...
Oscar Pistorius
Last month, Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide over the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013. The verdict came at the end of a long trial, the whole of which was broadcast live on television and debated extensively on social media. Ahead of Pistorius's sentencing on 13 October, South African Jesuit, Fr Russell Pollitt, discusses the impact of the media coverage on public opinion and on the trial itself. The trial of Oscar Pistorius has been called...

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