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LOCAL In the Footsteps of Jesus Today is a new illustrated booklet of meditations on the Stations of the Cross.

Booklet reflects on Stations of the Cross with art STAFF REPORTER


HE new Stations of the Cross at Holy Trinity church in Braamfontein parish, Johannesburg, are featured in a new booklet of meditations on Christ’s Passion. Published by CB Publications and titled In the Footseps of Jesus Today, the 40-page booklet is illustrated in full colour with the artworks of Joseph Capelle, who also provides a reflection on his paintings. Jesuit Father Russell Pollitt, pastor of Holy Trinity, offers a prayerful meditation on each station. The introduction to the booklet notes that “the paintings of the Stations of the Cross do not seek to reproduce the natural world but

rather to interpret the events detailed in the scriptures...and make them relevant today”. The artworks show a distinct African influence. For example, Veronica is depicted wearing a coloured head scarf and beaded bodice. Mr Capelle, a parishioner of Maryvale, Johannesburg, previously created a multimedia Stations of the Cross for his parish, and painted the stations at St David’s Marist College in Inanda, and the stations and resurrection at Rivonia church. The booklet also includes a brief history of Holy Trinity church and outlines the parish’s current activities. ■ In the Footsteps of Jesus Today can be ordered from the Catholic Bookshop in Cape Town at R50 (plus P&P).

The Jesuit Institute has been working closely with the National Seminary of St John Vianney. The institute’s foundation staff (pictured) attended their three-day seminar on “Spirited Leadership”. The seminar was based on the course that the institute delivers through Wits university’s  Business School to help senior managers connect their spiritual values with their role as leaders. 

TRY WWW.COMEPRAYTHEROSARY.ORG ‘A great book that I really enjoyed, in the end I could not put it down. The cover captures the profound sense of the book. The planet is a village with modern technology, a planet at risk from the forces of darkness. Yet goodness (God) holds it and will always triumph’. Monsignor Andrew Borello “I feel privileged that you have shared your work with me because it is most unusual, has so many aspects to it and it is a tract or our times which is gripping and entertaining. All of the factual parts display a deep knowledge of various technologies and a fine appreciation of history”. Graham Household, England

“I have been greatly entertained reading Warriors of Our Age and have enjoyed every twist and turn in the plot. The author has a wonderful ability to tell a story, setting the scenes well, so that the reader can picture the unfolding of the plot. I enjoyed the intrigue and “James Bond' element of the story. It is a thoroughly enjoyable story written with superb style.” Catherine Laing, South Africa Publisher: Raider Publishing International (June 2010) Paperback 584 pages ISBN-10:1616670835. Available from The Catholic Bookshop, Cape Town (021 465 5904)

The Southern Cross, March 2 to March 8, 2011


New head takes the reins at leading girls’ school BY CLAIRE MATHIESON


PRINGFIELD Convent in Cape Town has high hopes for the year with new headmistress Barbara Houghton steering the school in a new era. Ms Houghton has succeeded Melanie Bruce who retired after 27 years in December. The youngest of four daughters, Ms Houghton comes from a long tradition of Catholic education. “For 12 years we lived directly opposite St Theresa’s Catholic church in Camps Bay and our home was always the meeting place for parish priests and parishioners,” she recalled. Ms Houghton attended Loreto Convent Catholic Primary school in Camps Bay and then moved to Loreto Convent in Sea Point, matriculating in 1974. After matriculating, she studied and graduated from the University of Cape Town with honours in a Bachelor of Arts, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, an Advanced Diploma in Adult Education and a Master of Philosophy Degree in History Education. “I also completed the leadership course for teachers offered by the University of the Witwatersrand and received a visitorship from ISASA [the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa] to undertake research in Britain and Holland on ‘The role and impact of a head on the ethos of a school’,” Ms Houghton said. Ms Houghton has written several school textbooks on Economics and Management Sciences for Grades seven to nine, and is currently writing a series of history articles on various curriculum topics.

Springfield Convent’s new headmistress Barbara Houghton. Ms Houghton said she was always active in various Church and school activities, including Legion of Mary, Christian Life Group, Peace and Justice Commission, Parish Council, Renew, the “Community Serving Humanity” initiative, Alpha, and served on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. Her late father, Bill Houghton, was a former director of the company that publishes The Southern Cross. She hopes that the students at the girls’ school will similarly be involved. While education has received much attention in her life, Ms Houghton said life experience should never be undervalued as she had been taught invaluable

life lessons through her work experience. Ms Houghton said the debates and active involvement by the oppressed community to end racism in South Africa “enabled me to gain greater insight into the daily struggles of the majority of people and to participate in activities that could ultimately result in equality and a better education for all”. Ms Houghton, who taught at Harold Cressy High School for 23 years, said it was this experience that aided her to be part of the formation of the Western Cape Teachers’ Union where she was secretary of the Cape Town Branch for five years. She also served as deputy head at St Cyprian’s school before being appointed to head Springfield Convent. She said during her time at Harold Cressy and St Cyprian’s it has confirmed a belief held from her own schooling years: “The impact spiritual values and understanding has on the lives of young people.” Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer Sue Anderson added that Springfield was in the Top 10 schools in the Western Cape in 2010 and achieved not only a 100% pass rate, but each of the matriculants received a bachelor’s pass rate—a feat Ms Houghton hopes to maintain. ● Springfield extends a warm invitation to all past pupils, families and friends of the school to attend the 140th birthday Mass on Sunday March 6, at 14h30, to be celebrated by Archbishop Steven Brislin of Cape Town, in the Avenue, Springfield Convent, and thereafter for tea in the Gardens.

po Box 11095, mariannhill 3624 mondays 19h15: march 14, 21, 28, april 4, 11 lEnTEn lEcTUrEs by Mgr Paul Nadal Keeping the dream alive - an invitation to reflect on the teaching of Vatican ii, its contents, its message, and the vision of what it means to be church today. march 25-27 (wEEKEnd) Fr Pierre Lavoipierre: Growing in Faith. april 1-3 (wEEKEnd) Fr Urs Fischer: The sacrament of penance & reconciliation april 16-24 1) holy week retreat by Fr Christopher Neville OFM 2) on the mercy of God according to pope John paul ii and sr Faustina by Fr Urs Fischer

Fr Pierre Lavoipierre: Eucharist - Broken and Becoming dEcEmBEr 24-1 JanUary a spiriTUal chrisTmas holiday “caTholic FaiTh - God’s mysteries in our lives.” Led by Fr Urs Fischer: 2012 JanUary 3-FEBrUary 2 spiriTUal EXErcisEs according to st ignatius of loyola. Thirty days of prayer and meditation Led by Fr Urs Fischer. JanUary 6-JanUary 14 7-Day preached retreat by Fr Declan Doherty: accEpTinG ThE way oF JEsUs JanUary 6-JanUary 14 7-day directed retreats

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