Jesuit Institute of South Africa
Jesuit Institute of South Africa
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Puleng Matsaneng was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Soweto. She attended school at Mohaladitoe Senior Secondary School in the Free State. Puleng then completed her BA degree at the University of Johannesburg in 1993.
After being introduced to Ignatian Spirituality at a week of guided prayer offered at her parish in 2002, Puleng joined the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality team, which is now part of the Jesuit Institute of South Africa.
Puleng works in Spirituality and researches Ignatian Spirituality in an African context.
Her area of speciality is exploring how African themes and practices of spirituality dialogue with the Western traditions, and how that is understood in relation to Ignatian Spirituality. She has looked at how Ignatian Spirituality can be integrated into the African worldview. Most especially, how the use of song and storytelling can be part of the prayer process.
She is currently managing retreats in daily life and training prayer guides throughout South Africa. Puleng is also involved in ongoing Spiritual Direction, giving 8-day, 30-day retreats and Seminary Retreats. Her latest venture is a pilot programme of healing workshops with the focus on racism using the principles of Ignatian Spirituality.
Puleng has wide experience both at home and internationally. In 2005 she completed a course in Apostolic Spirituality at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Wales. In 2006 she was part of the delegation attending a meeting in Rome to look at the Spiritual Exercises throughout the world. In 2010 she went to Kenya for a meeting on giving the Spiritual Exercises in Africa.
In 2011 she travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to share her article on Spiritual Direction in an African Context which was published in The Way Journal. In 2012 she was part of the organising team and a speaker at the International conference on Spiritual Direction in the African context. In 2016 she was invited to Leeds to share her work on giving the Spiritual Exercises to groups. This year she was invited to attend training in Rome on Discernment. This work she has taken further by training the laity in several parishes throughout South Africa.
The work on collaboration has been a key focus area for Puleng. Through collaboration she is able to engage and dialogue with members of the church at various levels. Working for the Jesuit Institute has been a great gift for her. Puleng continues to develop this work through listening and engaging with people as they share their stories of hope with her. She acts a conduit between all participants through respect, storytelling and collaboration. This collaboration results in personal growth for the participants, growth for the church itself and relevance in daily life.
For this collaboration to be relevant in daily life it is critical that the laity are actively involved as witnesses and ambassadors for Christ with the church. As ambassadors for Christ the laity will hear His call and respond to Him throughout the church in the global family.
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Exploring how African themes and practices of spirituality dialogue with the Western traditions. Most especially, how the use of song and storytelling can be part of the prayer process.