Pastor: Fr Gilbert Mardai SJ
Gilbert Mardai SJ was born in Germany and grew up in the northern region of Tanzania, namely, Kilimanjaro and Arusha. He received his secondary school education from two minor seminaries: Maua Seminary (run by Capuchins) in Kilimanjaro and Usa River Seminary (run by Holy Ghost Fathers) in Arusha. He then joined the Spiritan Missionary Seminary (run by Holy Ghost Fathers) where he studied philosophy for two years. After philosophy he did national service for one year in the army in Tanzania and then took up a teaching job for one year while considering a vocation to the Society of Jesus.
He entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Arusha, Tanzania, on 30 July 1994. After two years of novitiate he was sent to Harare, Zimbabwe, where he completed his philosophy studies at the University of Zimbabwe with a BA (Hons.). He then did a Master’s degree in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, and returned to Harare, Zimbabwe, for his regency where he taught philosophy for two and a half years at Arrupe College, Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities. He was then sent to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where he studied theology for three years obtaining a BTh degree from the Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO) and then went again to Heythrop College where he did a Master’s degree in Christian Theology.
He was ordained a priest in Arusha, Tanzania, by Archbishop Josaphat Lebulu of the Archdiocese of Arusha on 12 July 2007. He came to South Africa in 2009 and has been doing doctoral studies in philosophy at St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg. He was appointed Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity in June 2013.
Assistant Pastor: Fr John Enslin SJ
John Enslin SJ is a South African born Jesuit. He comes from an Afrikaans family and converted to Catholicism only later in his life. He joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1996 in Cape Town. Aside from his basic Jesuit formation in South Africa, he has also spent time in Ireland, USA, UK, and Germany. He was ordained in this parish by Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI on 13 August 2011. He is very happy to return here and to serve as assistant to Fr. Gilbert Mardai SJ.
Deacon: Rev. William Davies
William Davies was born and grew up in Benoni. He completed High School at Christian Brothers College Boksburg. Since shortly after leaving school his career has been in Leadership and Organisation Development, in which he consults internationally to some of South Africa’s leading organisations. After he matriculated he joined Life Line as a volunteer lay counselor. He later studied Trauma Counselling and Crisis Intervention through UNISA and uses these skills in his private practice, in his role as a Permanent Deacon, and in his corporate work where he assists clients to manage Burnout and executive stress.
He completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration. His research, entitled “Sharing the gold with the Rainbow” received a distinction and focused on the development of Small and Medium sized enterprise, as a means to create jobs and reduce poverty, through the building of linkage relationships with successful multinational businesses. He runs his own business and specialises in Strategic Planning, Conflict resolution, Facilitation of group process, Executive and Life Coaching and Spiritual Direction and trauma debriefing.
He was ordained a Permanent Deacon at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Johannesburg by Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI on 30 April 2011, and requested to be assigned to Holy Trinity Parish. He is married to Wendy who works with him in his business and provides a vital supportive role to enable him to carry out his work and fulfill his ministry. Wendy is also actively involved in life at Holy Trinity.
Assistant Chaplain: Ricardo da Silva SJ
Ricardo da Silva SJ was born in Coimbra, Portugal. Later, he immigrated to South Africa with his mother where he has resided most of his life; except for a recent five-year hiatus in the U.K. He attended The Hill High School, in the south of Johannesburg, and went to work full-time immediately after finishing high school.
Whilst working in sales and marketing he studied part-time for a Diploma in Public Relations and Communications at Birnam Business College and then started a B.A. in Communication Science through UNISA. After nearly four years in sales and marketing he left the company where he had “cut” his working teeth to pursue a more niche passion in internet marketing where he worked for two years, managing twenty or so websites from a content, creative and technical viewpoint. He later moved into the brand department where he was responsible for coordinating the various brands’ look and feel, image and promotions.
While all this was happening, he felt that although he had met with much professional success, something was amiss. He also realised that the ‘space’ he was giving to God and the church had far more appeal and meaning than the corporate humdrum. Following a period of discernment and after meeting some of the Jesuits here at Holy Trinity and being greatly impressed by their commitment and passion for their ministry, he chose to explore the call to priesthood as a Jesuit.
In September 2007, he entered the Society of Jesus. Two years later, in September 2009, he professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in 2009. During this period, he worked with the homeless in London, the elderly, refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham, Palestinian people in Israel, and taught English and Religion to high school students in Cape Town. He then moved to London in 2009, to pursue studies in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, which he recently completed, and was awarded a B.A. (Hons.) Philosophy. Whilst there he worked and worshipped with a group of young adults; particularly developing the music ministry, but especially to keep him sane after a week’s philosophising.
At Holy Trinity, he will be the Assistant Chaplain, focussing predominantly on university ministry: developing our outreach and commitment to students and staff at WITS and neighbouring UJ.
Residence Manager: Cathy Setlogelo
Cathy Setlogelo is Swazi born and went to a convent boarding school: Our Lady of Sorrows, where she matriculated and then went on to study at the then University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. After university she went into the then unknown world of hospitality almost by chance, after training as a high school teacher, she spent 12 years working in this exciting industry in Swaziland.
Cathy had opportunity to work for a while in England and recalls her time there well. She moved to Johannesburg in 1984 to work for a new Hospitality Group: Sun International. Her responsibilities at this company ranged in time from producing and documenting operating standards, processes and procedures for the hotels to documenting operating specifications for the development of computer systems for hotels’ front office administration. The systems implementation and training of staff also formed part of her responsibilities and so her 26 years at the Head Office were totally filled and she was completely in her element. She worked at Sun International until her retirement at the age of 61.
After a 9 month sabbatical, she is now the Residence Manager at Trinity House Catholic Residence – she claims, “a better position I could not have arranged, or asked for in my days of retirement – completely fulfilling”.
Cathy is a parishioner at Holy Trinity, married and blessed with 3 loving children and one delightful grandson. Having spent 10 years at a convent boarding school it is very easy be around the parish every day which is where the Trinity House Residence is situated.
Parish Administrator: Kelsey Hauptfleisch
Kelsey Hauptfleisch born in Sandton and grew up in Boksburg. She attended St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls from grade 00 until completing her Matric. Thereafter, Kelsey embarked upon studies for a BA in Corporate Communications at the University of Johannesburg (U.J.). She then pursued a career as an au pair looking after children, while studying for a teaching qualification at UNISA.
She wishes to continue her studies in the future but is now taking some time out to discern where her passions lie. Kelsey says that “working in the Church has opened my eyes to the kind and good work the church does for the less fortunate, especially in the Soup Kitchen. The amount of work the church does is remarkable and has influenced me for the better.”
Director of Music: Cameron Upchurch
Cameron Upchurch was born in London and grew up in KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music and is a full time member of the music staff at St John’s College in Houghton. His work at Holy Trinity includes the overseeing of the music programme, which focuses principally on the celebration of the Office and Mass on a Sunday morning and on other Solemnities. He is responsible for training the Schola Cantorum, planning the music of the liturgy and preparing the weekly orders of service. Cameron also shares organ duties with the assistant organists.