Jesuit Missions

I never miss a day of school banner. Loyola Secondary School South Sudan
In September, we join the Holy Father in prayer for his Universal Intention, that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries. His personal Prayer Network shares this Intention with all the People of God, the Church, inviting us all to unite our prayer with what is in the Pope’s heart as he reviews the challenges that face humanity and the mission of the Church.This month, Pope Francis combines at least three of his urgent concerns and commends them to us...
Jesuits in Kerala are among those impacted by the recent floods in South India that have had a devastating impact on the whole state, leading to hundreds of people losing their lives and thousands more left isolated from their homes.Jesuit Missions received an update from Fr Deepak George SJ, one of the local Jesuit partners that said, “We are in danger. Many people have died and still things are getting worse. Please can I request that you keep us all in your prayers.”Over 9000 kilometres of...
South Sudan is one of the most challenging countries in which the Jesuits work. Despite gaining independence in 2011, by 2013 a new civil war had broken out between the armed forces and the Nuer militias.In the midst of this situation, Loyola Secondary School in Wau strives to continue providing a stable source of education in one of the country’s main rebel areas. The school was forced to close in 1984, just two years after opening, owing to the outbreak of war, and it was then occupied by the...
Following the outbreak of violent attacks on humanitarian aid agencies in South Sudan two weeks ago, Jesuit Missions is providing high quality emergency tents for the displaced JRS staff in Maban ensuring the well-being of all staff after the attacks.On Monday 23rd July, eight aid agencies operating in Maban were forced to suspend their activities and evacuate their staff following violent attacks from local youth.Although the main JRS compound was spared, the Arrupe learning centre was badly...
After weeks of glorious sunshine, the day of the London to Surrey Prudential Ride 100 brought unexpected heavy rain and strong winds as 25, 000 people set off cautiously from the Olympic park early on Sunday morning.Brad Snyder, Husband of Jesuit Missions office volunteer Betsy, took on the cycling challenge to raise funds for Jesuit Missions.Asked about the reason of his support for JM, he said: “Through my wife, who has been volunteering each week in the Jesuit Missions office for the...
On the 9th July, South Sudan celebrated its seventh year of independence, making it the newest country in the world. However, it is also one of the poorest. Two years after its independence in 2011 civil war broke out and, for the last five years, it has been suffering from an ongoing political, tribal and ethnic conflict. This has left tens of thousands of people dead and seven million people requiring humanitarian assistance.Despite their troubles, there are also 287, 400 refugees from...
Syria has entered its seventh year of crisis. The scale, complexity and severity of the situation and individual needs is as overwhelming as ever.Jesuit Missions supports the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Middle East who have a centre in Damascus and Aleppo providing access to literacy workshops for women.Education is a basic need for all. Many women have grown up in a conservative environment and have been deprived of education in a society that sees men as the workers and women as housewives....
The magazine of the Jesuits in Britain is celebrating its 100th issue this summer with a trip down memory lane.This 100th edition of Jesuits and Friends has a fold-out central section, with a timeline reviewing the past 99 issues.Looking back over the last 100 issues in the archives was an interesting exercise for the current editorial team. As the current Editor, Fr Paul Nicholson SJ, put it, “memories have been stirred and half-forgotten events recalled – did he really look like that? What...
Two Wombles made history for Jesuit Missions on the 22nd May, as they attended Mount St Mary’s (MSM) Strictly 175 fundraising event. The Jesuit school in Derbyshire was celebrating their 175th anniversary of the school as well as raising money for Jesuit Missions.Amongst the 8 couples, who had all been training and practising hard with the help of professional choreographers, there was a surprise performance by two Wombles who showed off their twist moves.One of the Wombles surprised...
“My name is Rose Kabelu, and I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am married and have 4 children. I have been a teacher of cosmetology (Beauty Therapy) with JRS since 2014. I have enjoyed every minute of teaching there. I managed to open a tuck shop and small salon which meant that I was able to pay for my children’s studies at the boarding school."Rose shares her story of how she went from relying on monthly food rations to having her own beauty salon within the Tongogara camp in...

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