Peter Faber Centre

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Official name Peter Faber Centre.
Country / Continent Zimbabwe / Africa
Director of the institute Fr. Konrad Landsberg SJ.
Legal holder of the institute Jesuit Province on Zimbabwe.
Sponsor of the institute Private friends.
Year of foundation 2003
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 4
Staff members of your institute 1 priest, 2 brothers, 2 lay person.
Contact P.O. Box 545

Harare

Zimbabwe

klands berg@mango.zw


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Peter Faber Centre.

Director of the institute

Fr. Konrad Landsberg SJ.

Legal holder of the institute

Jesuit Province on Zimbabwe.

Private friends.

Vision / mission statement

Renewal through Ignatian Spirituality.

Main areas of work

Renewal of Church through retreats, workshops in parishes and schools.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Religious, Lay people, students, professionals.

Year of foundation

2003

Organisational structure of the institute

Structure consists of a retreat house and arrangements for courses in other pastoral centres, parishes and schools.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

4

Staff members of your institute[2]

1 priest, 2 brothers, 2 lay person.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

No special qualifications – just our personal experience and some courses.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Spiritual renewal of all areas the Jesuits in Zimbabwe work in.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Religious communities, parishes, schools.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Spiritual and structural renewal.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Retreats, conferences, workshops.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Workshops for the Year of Faith, New Evangelization, Training courses for formators in Religious life, training for retreat directors.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Our approach so far did not focus on these issues.

What notion of God inspires your work?

The God who invites us to be Friends in the Lord, the Body of Christ.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Is all about Christian spirituality.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

Theology of Creation all the way to the Incarnation of Christ call for appreciation of reality as it is, and as it can be further inspired by the Spirit of God.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

The Kingdom of God.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Retreats, courses, workshops – so far no publications.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Renewal of persons and corporates.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Feed backs from the groups.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

New plans of reaching out to wider horizons.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Insufficient research work.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Those we see the world wide church struggling with.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

Being at service to the Kingdom of God.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Very seriously we support lay-movements.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

Only by word mouth on a personal level.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

Very expressively we worked for the Zimbabwe Bishops’ Conference when dealing with the New Evangelization and issues of the Year of Faith.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

Ecumenical cooperation is not very visible in Zimbabwe. It does exist only on personal friendship and neighbourhood. Enculturation is more urgent.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

Intercontinental exchanges we experience only with the Christian Life communities. Something waiting to be developed.


This much in short:

As I said we are a very small institue – but with your help – who knows – we can grow.

Thank you and all good wishes,

Fr. Landsberg


  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.