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Anne Hope: The Struggle for Freedom

St Augustine college  invites you to the launch of Stephanie Kilroe's latest publication.
The author will give a talk about her book, to which 
Bonnie Kaplan Kaufmann will respond.


Anne Hope: The Struggle for Freedom

An intimate biography of the visionary co-founder of the Training for Transformation programme, Stephanie Kilroe.

*** Copies of the book will be on sale for the special launch price of R200.00

Anne Hope is well known as president of the lay Catholic community The Grail in South Africa, as co-founder of the acclaimed Training for Transformation programme for community development, and for her important work in the struggle against apartheid. Less is known about her dramatic and inspiring inner journey. Here, drawing on unique access to Anne’s diaries and prayer
journals, Stephanie Kilroe sheds light on this previously hidden life and her struggle for freedom and wholeness in herself, in vocation, and in love.

Drawing on unique access to Anne Hope’s diaries and prayer journals, Stephanie Kilroe has written an intimate biography of the inspirational activist and women’s movement leader. Anne was president of the lay Catholic community the Grail in South Africa during the nation’s struggle against apartheid, and part of the
nucleus of the international Grail for many years. She was co-author and founder of the Grail’s classic Training for Transformation books and programmes for
community living and growth. This biography reveals the joys and challenges of Anne’s inner life: she was a deeply reflective, honest and faith-filled person,
constantly struggling with herself, with her beloved church, with her call to love, with her profound resonance with nature and for South Africa’s conflicted post-apartheid realities.


Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 19:00
St Augustine College, Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, Johannesburg
*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated***


Stephanie Kilroe (Pictured on the left)

Stephanie was at school at Parktown Convent, now Holy Family College, in Parktown, from the age of four to seventeen. She then did two years of Fine Arts at Wits before starting on a degree in the recently formed Religious Studies department at UCT.  After her degree, while teaching in the department, she completed a Master’s thesis looking at the Ethiopian Orthodox church as a model of African Christianity that had not been brought to Africa by European missionaries.

She was at home with three children for twelve years before working for the Justice and Peace Commission at the Archdiocese of Cape Town.  After 1994, she moved to Catholic Welfare and Development where she headed up the new Caring Network, training lay persons in caring and counselling skills.  After six years, she was recruited to LifeLine/Childline Western Cape as director to take LifeLine/Childine’s training and counselling services into the townships. 

During this time, Stephanie won an award, together with Dr Fareed Abdullah, for piloting the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission programme in Khayelitsha.  She later won awards for her model of ‘community built, community-staffed community centres’ in Nyanga, Vrygrond and in a rural area in Limpopo, Nwamitwa, as well as a youth programme, Fit for Life, Fit for Work. 

She is now retired and helping to look after grandchildren, gardening and writing.