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The story of Father Laurence McDonnell SDB and the selflessness of the Salesians of Manzini

For more than two decades, Fr Larry, Irish Salesian priest and headmaster of Salesian High School in Manzini, Swaziland, was instrumental in the growth and development of hundreds of Swazi boys, as well as many from South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe who sought refuge in Swaziland during the apartheid era. Many of the boys whose lives he touched, are now prominent policy, political and business leaders in South Africa and in the region. The key period in this account is from 1970 to the mid-1990s. As a deeply religious person, caught up in struggle politics, while trying to give the boys in his care the best possible start in life, Larry’s roots in the Irish struggle for liberation from British rule and the trauma of the 19th century potato crisis, gave him an acute consciousness of SA’s liberation process. The book also explores the parallels between the Irish, South African and Swazi histories, covering aspects of education, family, culture, governance as well as politics. 
2018 pb 346pp black and white illustrations R250.00

Selected correspondence of Denis Hurley
Edited by Philippe Denis, Paddy Kearney and Jane Argall
Christian Lives in Africa series 6

Denis Hurley OMI is widely regarded as the most influential South African Catholic in modern times. He was the youngest Bishop in the world when appointed in 1946 and the longest serving when he retired 45 years later. 
Throughout his long life he was a prolific letter writer, from thousands of his letters to family, friends and a wide range of people in powerful positions. 251 of these letters have been selected for this volume. The letters reveal much about Hurley as a person and give unique insight into the dramatic events in both church and state in South Africa over seventy years.
2018 pb 542pp R260.00

The theological legacy of Oscar Romero

 Lee draws on Romero’s life, his homilies, and other writings, to consider how his witness challenges us to reimagine a robust Christian spirituality that is at once a mystical encounter with God and a prophetic engagement in the struggle for justice. 
In the light of Romero’s beatification and pending canonization, he reflects on the implications of his recognition as a martyr and on the model of holiness he offers the wider church today.
2018 pb 213pp R305.00

Trappist Missions in South Africa -
A guide to 22 Trappist mission stations in KwaZulu-Natal

This richly illustrated guidebook tells the story behind the Trappist movement in South Africa and gives an account of each mission church in KwaZulu-Natal, and its precise location. The monastery churches are architectural masterpieces. There are over 150 historical and modern black and white photographs; the story of Francis fanner’s early life; the Trappists, their origin and rules; the Trappist movement in South Africa and reasons for its tragic end and a brief biography of Brother Nivard Streicher who constructed the church buildings.
2018 pb illus 75pp R120.00

Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living 
Henri J.M. Nouwen

You Are Beloved is a daily devotional intended to empower readers to claim this truth in their own lives. Featuring the best of Nouwen’s writing from previously published works, this devotional will propel the canon forward as it draws on this rich literature in new and compelling ways. It will appeal to readers already familiar with Nouwen’s work as well as new readers looking for a devotional to guide them into a deeper awareness of their identity in Jesus.'We are the Beloved. We are intimately loved long before our parents, teachers, spouses, children and friends loved or wounded us. That's the truth of our lives. That's the truth I want you to claim for yourself. That's the truth spoken by the voice that says, "You are my Beloved."' - Henri Nouwen
2018 pb 410pp R250.00

Growing in love with God through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

St Ignatius believed that all of us are invited into a mutual friendship with God. Elliott guides us toward accepting God’s invitation to mutuality. To accept God’s invitation means to understand ourselves, God, and personal prayer in a new way. Contents: Intimacy in the Spiritual Exercises; Discerning the relationship; Obstacles to intimacy; Structure for relational prayer; Java (coffee) with Jesus; Creative ideas for relational prayer
2018 pb 128pp R285.00



Living the Gospel today

Designed for spiritual reading or retreats, these brief meditations on the Christian life holiness, silence, spirituality, the mystery of evil, the Beatitudes, the Paschal Mystery, reconciliation, holy families and the diversity of family life today, and the true self among others, are inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius and Pope Francis. Based on Paul s conviction that life in Christ means to be in his body, the Church, thus a life nourished by the word of God, celebrated in Eucharist, and expressed in service to others, the books moves from God, to Jesus, the Church, and practical reflections on living the gospel. The short chapters include biblical reflections, historical background, and personal stories; they are intended to inspire as well as inform.
2017 pb 214pp R290.00