JRS UK

Welcoming the stranger: the JRS UK 'At Home' scheme
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Europe is using the experience of JRS UK’s Communities of Hospitality to establish a network more widely.For many years now, JRS in Europe has been developing new ways to provide hospitality to refugees, whether it be through day centres, cultural centres, family hosting projects or simply coffee mornings. It is now working to set up new Communities of Hospitality (CoH) in four European countries – Belgium, Italy, Malta and Romania – where...
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ in northern Iraq
A group of walkers from Farm Street Church in London have begun a ten-day 'Ignatian Camino' to Montserrat, to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need projects in northern Iraq, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK. They will be following the route that St Ignatius walked hundreds of years ago, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù, across Catalunya to the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa. Among the walkers on the rout will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, the Superior of the Mount Street...
JRS UK supporters at St James', Spanish Place
Supporters and volunteers from Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) joined thousands of people including MPs and celebrities on Saturday, for a march in London to urge the UK government to take more action over the refugee crisis. The Refugees Welcome demonstration took place two days before the start of a UN summit for refugees and migrants in New York, which will be  attended by world leaders, including the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP.Ahead of the march from Park Lane to Parliament Square...
Jive Aces
The Jive Aces will be playing live in Wimbledonat the Sacred Heart Church upper hall.Entry is FREE but donations are asked for Jesuit Refugee Service UK.There will be a licenced bar.Give online  via JustGiving.com or text JRSS47 £10 to 70070Please email Paul Ginty with your name in order to be placed on the reservation list.Jesuit Refugee Service provide practical assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
Fr Dominic speaks at the Home Office lobby for child refugees
Following his trip last week to the 'Jungle' in Calais with a group of faith leaders Fr Dominic Robinson SJ of Farm Street Church today joined around 200 campaigners and politicians at the Home Office, to urge Home Secretary Amber Rudd to allow a group of 375 unaccompanied refugee children to come to England. Organised by London Citizens, the event marked the first anniversary of the death of Ayan Kurdi, whose body was washed up on a Greek beach as his family fled Syria.Speakers...
Farm Street Camino
For the past few years, Farm Street Church parishioners have become pilgrims to raise money for worthy causes. Unlike most pilgrims of the ‘Camino’ who walk along the northern part of Spain aiming for Santiago, these spiritual walkers will walk the ‘Camino Ignaciano’ (the Ignatian Camino or Ignatian Way), following the route that St Ignatius himself walked hundreds of years ago, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù across Catalunya to the Abbey of Montserrat and...
Boat in a storm by Jean-Pierre Brungs
Prayer is an important part of life for many of the residents of the detention centre that Fr Harry Elias visits. He shares one reflection which offers them solace and hope.I am ever amazed at the strong faith I find in the detainees that I visit, at least in those with whom I speak and those who come to church. A great number of them are Pentecostals from Africa and often their sole reading is the bible. I am thankful for this common ground between us, as I can capture their attention quite...
JRS summer party
Each year at JRS, we have a special day “without sadness”. We dedicate a Saturday afternoon in the Summer to a party to which all are welcome. This year, refugees joined volunteers, staff and guests to enjoy each other’s company, share some delicious food and music.Ten wonderful songs were provided by guest singers from “Soul Sanctuary” a cappella group and their fabulous voices invited everyone onto the dance floor.Zigni House, our talented chef friends, brought a...
Sarah Teather during her time as an MP Credit: Parliamentary recording unit
At the City of Sanctuary AGM on Friday Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, was chosen to be the first person to receive the Sanctuary Champions award.City of Sanctuary is a grassroots movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution across Britain.Tiffy Allen, Network Coordinator, said “Congratulations Sarah, on being the first Sanctuary Champion awarded by City of Sanctuary! The award...
Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo
Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo joined JRS UK as the new Policy and Advocacy Officer this week. Fidèle is taking on a new role in the team. He will work closely with volunteers and staff who accompany and serve refugees at the day centre and in detention, but his role is to help change people’s views of refugees and persuade policy makers to change the system which currently makes life so hard for those who seek asylum in the UK. Fidèle will also work closely with JRS colleagues in other countries...

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