Farm Street Aid for Syria Project

Children in the classroom of the Bourj Hammoud School

The Farm Street Aid for Syria project began in April with three aims.

To pray for peace and reconciliation in Syria and the Middle East.  This is centred around a shrine at the Altar of the Seven Dolours of Our Lady in Farm Street Church and where prayers are offered especially for two Jesuits who had been working in reconciliation ministry Syria.  Fr Paolo dall’Oglio has been missing since July 2013 and Fr Francis van der Lugt was brutally and needlessly murdered by an unknown gunman on April 7th of this year. 

To raise awareness of the humanitarian tragedy arising from the conflict in Syria through information and events bringing together Middle Eastern Christians and those of other religions and none.  A recent evening of prayer, performance and fellowship directed by the Catholic artist Sarah de Nordwall brought together 250 people from Eastern Rite Catholic and Orthodox communities, mosque and synagogue.

To raise funds. So far  more than £26,000 has been raised, mainly through a Pilgrimage Walk in the steps of St Ignatius of Loyola in Spain during the summer. The money is to be divided between the Jesuit Refugee Service and Aid to the Church in Need to bolster the two organisations’ work with refugees in and from Syria.

For more information on the project, including Fr Dominic Robinson’s recent visit to JRS’ Accelerated Learning Programme for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, read the Catholic Times article