Frans van der Lugt

Despite personal risk, Jesuits continue to lead and serve in war-torn areas of the world. Why is this? And what can we learn from their approach?In a video produced by the Ignatian Network (IN), Syrian Jesuit Tony Homsy SJ—who knew the murdered Jesuit Fr  Frans van der Lugt SJ (pictured) —reveals his own hopes and fears as he returns to his home country after a six year absence.We also hear from an American Jesuit who has been in Amman, Jordan for years, and who argues a...
The work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has been recognised with the 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award. Since 2011, JRS Syria has concentrated on helping vulnerable people who have remained in the country, despite the violence that surrounds them. The award was made at the weekend at the Sarajevo Peace Event 2014.JRS Syria was recognised by Pax Christi in particular for its interfaith work. The agency provides support to anyone in need, with a team made up of people...
In the Lauriston Jesuit Centre we have just completed an interesting, challenging and stimulating series of four lectures on the values which are inscribed on the Mace in the Scottish Parliament. These same values are also at the heart of the Curriculum for Excellence being adopted by schools in Scotland.  What are these values?  Are they values I respond to?  The values are justice, compassion, wisdom and integrity.  These are big words which take a lot of unravelling....
Almost £3,500 was raised at a Vigil for Syria at Farm Street Jesuit Church last Tuesday. The money will support Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) projects in the Middle East. The congregation of more than 250 was able to visit the Syria Shrine that had been set up in the Seven Dolours Altar, where photos of Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio SJ – missing in Syria since July 2013 – and Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ – murdered on 7 April 2014 – were displayed.“The humanitarian...
Tributes continue to be paid to Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ who was murdered on 7 April 2014 in Homs, Syria. Writing on Facebook, Youssef Habib said:It is with great sorrow that I just received the news of the killing of my old Jesuit friend Fr Frans Vander Lugt today in Homs, Syria.Abouna Frans (or preferably Frans ﻓﺮﺍﻧﺲ as he liked young Syrians to call him) was a pioneer of creative means of mutual understanding between Syrians.He was a friend of the poorest and of the richest... of the...
A gunman in the Syrian city of Homs has shot and killed Dutch Jesuit Fr Frans van der Lugt. Citing a source in the Homs governorate, his death was reported by Syria's state news agency SANA, which said he had died immediately after being shot. The motive for the attack was unclear.Fr Jan Stuyt SJ of the Jesuits in the Netherlands said this morning:  "I can confirm that he's been killed. A man came into his house, took him outside and shot him...