A Prayer for Forty Years of JRS

As the Jesuit Refugee Service around the world today marks our 40th anniversary, and the journey we have been on, we pray for those who’ve been our companions – refugee friends, benefactors, volunteers, staff, leaders, and partners in countries around the world. We ask founder of JRS Fr. Pedro Arrupe for his continued intervention so that we may continue our mission as long as a need exists.

God of all,

As we move forward from the familiar comfort of home, whether we are a refugee on the road

Or a companion to our displaced siblings, may we be aware

Of what gives movement to our steps: love.

May we take that love and carry it forth, beyond borders

So we may accompany, serve, and advocate

On behalf of all displaced people

And sustain the mission through the years to come

As long as there are people on this earth seeking refuge and protection.

On this journey, if we ever feel overwhelmed by the injustice of displacement, may we remember

To act as if we only possess your love and your grace, for that is all we need,

As you hold us in your hands.



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Icon of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ and child created by Kelly Latimore

Prayer by JRS USA