Chris Chatteris SJ

Show BioHide BioChris Chatteris is a Jesuit priest who is the handyman at the Seminary in Cape Town, combining the tradition of the ‘worker priest’ with teaching and spiritual direction of seminarians. On the handyman side his current project is to ‘green’ the seminary and he has installed such things as heat pumps, rain tanks and recycling systems. He does some writing, last year authoring a book entitled Vocations and what to do with them, a handbook for vocations directors. He also writes a monthly column for the Southern Cross reflecting on the Pope’s intentions, plus occasional other articles elsewhere. Chris was born in Zambia and went to Jesuit schools in both Zimbabwe and Britain and, having been unable to beat them, joined them in 1968. He studied philosophy, theology, French and education, and spent a very formative time in France, part of which was at the L’Arche Community of Jean Vanier fame. Chris has taught in French and British schools and worked in British and South African parishes, including a mission in KZN at the time of the transition from apartheid to normality. He has also worked as the novice director of Jesuits, in the theological formation of young religious at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara and, briefly, at the Jesuit Institute.

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Can politics save us?

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Environmental advocacy and concern, like promises made by politicians ahead of elections, seems to amount to nothing: little if any concrete actions result.  Chris Chatteris SJ questions how long governments and their citizens, and especially people of faith w... More »

Catholic system of power: rule by priests

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The growing state of crisis in our Church leads Fr Chris Chatteris, a Jesuit priest who has held many positions of leadership in the Order, to critique the Catholic ways of power. He chastises religious superiors, bishops, formators and mentors who have allowe... More »

The Church and Politics in a Dangerous Age

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There is an ongoing debate about the involvement of the Church in politics. Often using these two words in the same sentence quickly evokes emotional reactions. In a new book, launched this week at the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg, we glimpse how Jesuit pr... More »

Old mine sites: a power-filled opportunity

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An ambitious bioengineering project on an old mine site in Welkom might just be the innovative spark needed to fuel a “whole new way of looking at electricity and its distribution” writes Chris Chatteris SJ. However, if it is to succeed in its quest to bring a... More »

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