How to live a happy life: A course tackling stress and anxiety

The Jesuit Institute of South Africa will be hosting a series tackling the spirituality and psychology of well-being.

The body will host the Winter Living Theology 2019 series, with Fr David Marcotte, SJ, at venues across South Africa.

Given the high levels of anxiety, stress and depression in South Africa, Sacli believes this is an excellent resource, particularly for those in ministry and clergy.

Fr Marcotte is a clinical psychologist on the faculty at Fordham University in New York.

The topic of this year’s series is pertinent to South Africa and, especially, to clergy and religious workers who are under considerable psychological and emotional strain. The series will be entitled “How to live a happy life: The spirituality and psychology of well-being”.

Fr Marcotte will look at stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, compassion-fatigue, suicide and addiction, offering participants practical skills that will counter these and advance well-being. He believes that meditation and contemplative practices are an essential part of well-being and has done empirical studies which he will share with participants.

Fr Marcotte holds a PhD in clinical psychology. His research interests focus on the psychology of well-being, including the role of internalized identity for health-related behaviour. He has developed Spiritual Self Schema Therapy, an empirically supported intervention to increase self-determination and reduce substance use for injection and non-injection drug users.

Fr. Marcotte is also a member of the Psychology Coalition of NGOs at the United Nations where he represents the Institute for Multicultural Counselling and Educational Services and works on projects related to health and well-being (Sustainable Development Goal No. 3).

He helped Fr John Main set up the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. He is now the director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. He will be in SA to teach meditation techniques and offer retreats. More detail of his visit will follow.

The Winter Living Theology series will take place at the following times and places:

Pretoria: 3 June 2019 (evening lecture) at Christ the King, Queenswood
Johannesburg: 4-6 June 2019 at Lumko Centre, Benoni
Cape Town: 11-13 June 2019 at St Francis Xavier Seminary
Durban: 18-20 June 2019 at St Joseph’s, Florida Road
Manzini: 22 June 2019 (one-day workshop) Venue TBC
Port Elizabeth: 25-27 June 2019 at St Luke’s Retreat Centre

For further information, contact the Jesuit Institute or call 011 482-4237.