JRS UK

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...
Carine paralympic gold medal winner
On World Refugee Day 2016, as Britain begins Refugee Week, a week-long nation-wide festival promoting the contribution of refugees to British society, the team at JRS UK are celebrating the Gold sporting success of one of their refugee friends. They are also trying to take in an extraordinary gesture of generosity. Director of JRS UK, Sarah Teather explains: “At JRS UK we have supported Carine for a number of years in small ways. We helped her with some costs towards her wheelchair,...
Nicolette Busuttil JRS
Nicolette Busuttil has joined the Jesuit Refugee Service in a new role, as the Communities of Hospitality Coordinator. Her role will be to work with religious communities, parishes and individuals to support them to host some of the refugees who find themselves homeless. The JRS UK “At Home” scheme brings together asylum seekers with people willing to open up their homes and hearts, as destitute asylum seekers in need of respite are matched with individuals, families and religious...
 The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK is recruiting for an exciting new part-time post to join our tightly knit team in East London as soon as possible.JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. In the UK, JRS works with destitute asylum seekers and those who are held in immigration detention, by offering a mix of practical and emotional support. Our...
Harmondsworth IRC
Responding to the release today of an inspection into conditions at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre by the new Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK said:“Peter Clarke is the second Chief Inspector of Prisons to draw attention to the unacceptably long periods in which people are warehoused in detention and to call for a time limit. The conditions he describes bring shame on the Government, but cleaning up is not enough. The...
Louise Zanre
The requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Louise Zanré will be celebrated on Monday 29th February at 10.30am at Farm St Church.  The principal celebrant will be Fr Provincial Dermot Preston SJ.  All are welcome to come and give thanks for Louise's life and to mourn her passing. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.JRS UK would be grateful for prayers for Louise, her sister Dina, her colleagues and all the many refugees who loved her. She will be greatly missed.Family flowers...
JRS UK is sorry to announce the death of  Louise Zanré, former Director of JRS-UK, on Monday 15th February. Louise's death was unexpected, but she had been unwell for some considerable time. She had stepped down from the post of JRS Director at the beginning of this year, although she was continuing to work with us and contribute her great experience. JRS UK would be grateful for prayers for Louise, her sister Dina, her colleagues and all the many refugees who loved her. She will be...

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