Fr Bruce Botha, S.J.

Fr Bruce Botha SJ was born in Durban, KZN. He received a diploma in education from the University of Natal and then taught physical science for 4 years at Scottburgh High School. He joined the Society of Jesus and did his noviciate in Cape Town. He then studied philosophy in London and theology in Berkeley, California. Between philosophy and theology, in the period of formation known as regency, he worked as the director of counselling for an HIV research centre. After ordination in 2006 he worked in Holy Trinity, Braamfontein until 2010, when he was appointed parish priest of St Martin de Porres, Orlando West. In 2021 he returned to Holy Trinity as Parish Priest and continues to serve as the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Johannesburg

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth, S.J. was born in Cambridge, England and completed his schooling at St Stithians College and studied Information Systems and Management at Rhodes University. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and completed the usual pattern of Jesuit formation: a two year novitiate (Birmingham, England) doing the 30-day silent retreat at Manresa House (Dublin, Ireland), with studies in Philosophy at Heythrop College (London, England); a school regency at Canisius Secondary School (Chikuni, Zambia), where he taught high school mathematics and computer science; and theological studies at Hekima College (Nairobi, Kenya) and Regis College (Toronto, Canada). Since 2005, his Jesuit formation has taken him to Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He was ordained to the Priesthood at Holy Trinity Catholic Church by Bishop Duncan Tsoke, auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg on 23 September 2016 where he served as Assistant Pastor and Assistant Chaplain at Holy Trinity for his first year after Ordination.