Social Justice

It is difficult to put into words the look of utter fatigue on a woman’s face after spending the night sleeping on different buses because she has nowhere to go. Or the joy in her voice when after a week of being hosted in a community of female religious exclaims that through the friendship and welcome they have offered she has found her family again. And yet, these are the stories that we encounter every day at JRS. Behind each story is a human being with a unique past, hopes and fears...
Building a community for truth and justiceRebecca Gormally is the Programmes Manager of the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping - a Jesuit residence, where seven Jesuits live.  It is home to the important Jesuit Refugee Service, and it also offers to East London a place of Ignatian community.  It is named after St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952) a Chilean Jesuit, lawyer and social worker, founder of the influential ‘Hogar de Cristo’, which provided homes for abandoned young...
ObituaryPaul Nicholson SJ My friend and colleague Louise Zanré da Silva, who has died suddenly aged 47 as the result of a blood clot, dedicated her life to helping refugees who were entangled in the UK asylum system. She was a tireless and fearsome advocate for their rights and human dignity. Her remarkable grasp of the policy and issues was combined with a genuine love and respect for the individuals she encountered; they were never statistics.Louise was born in Broxburn, West Lothian, to...
The Taize service at the Church of St Ignatius, Paris: Donna Schaper
As environmentalists and social justice campaigners continue to assess the success – or otherwise – of the Climate Change conference in Paris (COP21), Jesuits worldwide are reviewing what the deal struck will mean in practice, especially for the poor communities in which they work. Nearly 200 countries took part in the negotiations to strike a climate deal to cut emissions, which would come into being in 2020, and to allocate $100 billion a year to developing countries for climate control...
Networking: a chance to bring local initiatives together
Representatives of international networks engaged in social justice in the Society of Jesus have concluded their meeting in Loyola, Spain, with a call for a comprehensive programme that addresses today’s global challenges: inclusion of the disadvantaged and sustainability of the natural world. More than 50 Jesuits and lay colleagues representing the major world geographic areas in which the Society of Jesus works discussed how they could improve their response to what they called the greatest...
Networking for Justice will bring together Jesuit agencies dedicated to the social apostolate from around the world
The Director of Jesuit Missions in London will be one of the participants at an international meeting entitled ‘Networking for Justice’, which will be taking place in Loyola, Spain from 16 – 20 November. Paul Chitnis will be attending this gathering of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN), the social coordinators of all of the Apostolic Conferences of the Society of Jesus, members of the Xavier Network, and other global networks from the Society of Jesus’ Social Apostolate. Jesuit...
Jesuits of four provinces in North West Europe – including Britain – are leaving their current ministries from tomorrow to take part in alternative works – known in Jesuit jargon as ‘experiments’. The men – from Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, as well as Britain – will be undertaking this major collaborative initiative in order to reflect on their apostolic priorities for the Society of Jesus over the coming decades.  This collaboration will help the men of the four provinces to...
Despite being in the nation’s economic powerbase, why do some of us in London experience food poverty? We will be exploring the economic and social reasons that lead to food poverty and inequality. We will hear from charity, voluntary and church groups involved in these issues. We will examine some of the community responses: from food banks to breakfast clubs (and beyond).With: Fr Michael Dunne, Bow Food Bank; Professor Jon May, Queen Mary University of London, Fr John Moffatt SJ, Hurtado...
Since January 2015, it is estimated that 2000 people have died by drowning in the Mediterranean Sea whilst trying to reach Europe.  Dozens more suffer major injuries in their attempts to cross the border between the Moroccan town of Nador and the Spanish enclave of Melilla.  Many of the victims include unaccompanied minors.  It was this desperate situation that led the European Jesuit Social delegates to choose Nador for their annual meeting.  In light of what they witnessed...
The Jesuit Institute in South Africa will be hosting a special screening of the multi-award winning documentary Miners Shot Down at St Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Orlando West, Soweto, on 27 April 2015. The documentary follows the events leading up to the Marikana massacre on 16 August 2012 and includes striking footage from numerous sources, including the South African Police Services, Lonmin security and Al Jezeera. It also presents interviews with key players in the events of...

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