Looking ahead, the director, Fr Russell Pollitt, says
that JISA is getting involved in an educational campaign ahead of the national
elections in South Africa next year. He holds the opinion that JISA can help
citizens consider the elections from a perspective that goes beyond manifestoes
and political parties, towards examining values and the true needs of the
country from an Ignatian perspective, as they head towards the polls. JISA is
doing this in collaboration with the Bishops Conference and other groups in the
Church, as well as with other faith communities.
In addition to giving retreats of different durations
to different groups and individuals - clergy and lay alike - another part of
the work of JISA is forming educators. The Institute works with several schools
and local institutions, as well as with JRS and healthcare workers, providing
formation for them as they go about their professional engagements. Fr Pollitt
says that the Institute is also constantly working on adapting the Spiritual
Exercises for the South African township context which is multiracial, diverse
and constantly changing.
During his stay in South
Africa, Father General presided at a vibrant and very animated Mass at St Martin de Porres Parish in Soweto. He was warmly
welcomed by the parishioners with music and dancing; and he spent some time
interacting with the members of the Parish Pastoral Council.