JRS UK

Members of the Jesuit community and friends at lunch
“At present the refugees are survivors. An essential part of my job is to help them to do more than survive – to help them to live as free men and women.” This is how the late Fr William Yeomans SJ described the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) worldwide. We are called upon to accompany, serve as companions and advocate for refugees by reaffirming the innate human dignity and value of each person. Yet what can we do when survival itself is a challenge for refugees and migrants in the...
Sarah Teather the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK, spoke very powerfully about her work and her life to Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday (29th OCtober).  Discussing how JRS operates in fifty countries, she explained how working in the Rome office and visiting Uganda, South Sudan and Lebanon had led her to become the director of JRS in the UK.  In Britain, their mission is to accompany destitute refugees in Britain, i.e. those who cannot...
Wimbledon College. Photo credit: Peter O'Sullivan SJ
Last Friday, Wimbledon College held its Faith Day for the those in Rhetoric, the final year of Sixth Form.  Wimbledon College holds faith days for sixth formers every year. Those in the Poetry, the first year of Sixth Form, had a day more focused on spirituality. Speakers presented topics to do with knowing oneself, prayer, our relationship with God and respecting others. Students were able to reflect on their lives, scripture, the Catholic faith, and the world around them.In their...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has a vacancy available for an operations manager.The operations manager will join a small tightly knit and diverse team at the JRS UK offices in Wapping and report to the Director.The Operations Manager will manage our finance and administration, ensuring good use of money and tracking of spend for grant reporting, take responsibility for HR matters including external recruitment, staff handbooks, inductions, compliance with Data Protection and Health and...
View of the D Wing in Brook House
Watch Panorama - Undercover Britain's Immigration SecretsNews coming out ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation to be shown tonight on BBC 1 at 9 pm appears to show disturbing footage of abuse of detainees in immigration detention. The programmes shines a light on some of the harsh realities of indefinite immigration detention in the UK through an undercover investigation at Brook House, one of the nine immigration removal centre's in the UK's immigration detention estate.At one point, one...
JRS staff and volunteers
The ‘faith that does justice internship’ is a new initiative of Jesuit Missions (JM) and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), providing paid experience working in two Catholic organisations alongside an Ignatian formation programme.JM and JRS collaborate together on various aspects of their work, but this is the first time that they have collaborated on a project of this type. The idea of the internship came from conversations between the two Directors – Sarah Teather and Paul Chitnis.This...
Could you help to increase JRS UK’s advocacy work and profile? Do you have a passion for the values of hospitality, participation, dignity, solidarity, compassion, hope and justice for refugees?JRS UK is recruiting a new Policy Officer to support increasing demand, in particular, from the Church and Christian policy makers for briefing and advice.  In addition to external-facing advocacy, JRS UK also wishes to improve the sensitivity with which it responds to policy changes affecting...
Handcuffs from Vol Special
On World Refugee Day, Tuesday 20 June, join us at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre for an evening of film and discussion. We invite you to come and watch Vol Special, a powerful documentary film; followed by a panel discussion chaired by Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK.Vol Special (Special Flight) is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention centre in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values...
The Jesuit group outside Wembley SSE Arena. Emma Holland
Pupils from three Jesuit schools represented the Jesuits in Britain at Flame 2017 on Saturday.  They were accompanied by their chaplains James Potter (of Wimbledon College) and Stonyhurst College's Sarah Young, as well as Fr Matthew Power SJ, Vocations Director,  Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the province's Director of Spirituality, and Fr David Stewart SJ of the Ignatian Spirituality Outreach Ministry and National Director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.  Fr...
Participants gather at Wembley for Flame 2015. Westminster Youth Service
The Jesuits in Britain will joining other Catholic youth organisations and up to 10,000 young people when they gather at Wembley SSE Arena on Saturday for Flame 2017. Encouraged by the success of the Flame events in 2012 and 2015, Flame has now become an important event in the calendar of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.Flame 2017 is organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) and the organisers are hoping that participants in Flame 2017 will fill the Arena, which...

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