Jesuit Refugee Service

Pope Francis at Vargihna Wikimedia Commons
Sunday 14th January is the Church’s 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Pope Francis’ message to the faithful on this occasion draws attention to the “lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty” and comes shortly after his visit to the Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from persecution in Myanmar.In his message the pope says “This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to...
Deep hospitality at Mount Street Jesuit community
On Sunday 14th January the Church marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, an opportunity to reflect on our response as Christians to an often vulnerable group of people, and to celebrate the many ways refugees and migrants enrich societies across the world.This is the 104th such World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It may surprise some of us to learn just how long the Church has been so acutely concerned about the fate of refugees and migrants, especially if we only started taking an...
Annunciation to the shepherds  Flinck1639
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, is giving this year’s Christmas Meditation for Radio 4 just after the midnight news on Christmas Day night/Boxing Day morning.Sarah’s personal meditation finds the joy of Christmas breaking through in the messy painful struggles of life, including family tragedy and the lives of refugees. Speaking of the process of preparing her meditation Sarah observed, “This was challenging but also deeply rewarding project to be involved in. ...
JRS Gospel Choir  Credit Weenson Oo/picture-u.net
On Tuesday Jesuit Refugee Service held its first carol service at Farm Street Church, led by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ. The church was packed for this joyful occasion – many of JRS’ refugee friends had travelled long distances to join the many supporters and volunteers as well as Farm St regulars. Highlights of the service were specially prepared contributions from performance groups who attend the JRS Day Centre Plus activities -  initiatives designed to develop skills and...
The Jesuit Refugee Service UK and Hurtado Jesuit Centre are offering a study day with Nick King SJThe topic is: Looking after foreigners and the marginalised: turning refugees into friends made in God’s image and likeness; the traps to avoid and the secret of getting it right.The day will be split into three sessions with arrivals and registration from 10.00.Lunch is provided and all donations are welcome.If you would like to attend please email: welcome@hurtadocentre.org.uk 
credit Kristof Holvenyi JRS Europe
Pope Francis has identified four principles that must become the foundation of a global commitment to solidarity with refugees, writes Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ of JRS International.The global community’s collective failure to prevent the abuse of human rights, and to engage wholeheartedly in peace-building and reconciliation, has resulted in the displacement of more than 65 million people in the world today, some 21 million of whom have had to flee their own countries in search of safety. The...
Pat Riordan SJ with Nicolette Busuttil (r)
Dr Patrick Riordan SJ spoke last week at the Westminster Justice and Peace annual day on human rights. Taking the theme of ‘Human Rights in the Post-Brexit era’,  Pat was one of three key speakers with Julie Ward MEP and Nicolette Busuttil from JRS.  The theme of the day was chosen because of the uncertain transition period as Britain leaves the EU, with particular reference to the migrant and refugee phenomenon. Two scenarios are possible as Britain leaves the EU, firstly that...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has a vacancy available for an operations manager.The operations manager will join a small tightly knit and diverse team at the JRS UK offices in Wapping and report to the Director.The Operations Manager will manage our finance and administration, ensuring good use of money and tracking of spend for grant reporting, take responsibility for HR matters including external recruitment, staff handbooks, inductions, compliance with Data Protection and Health and...
Could you help to increase JRS UK’s advocacy work and profile? Do you have a passion for the values of hospitality, participation, dignity, solidarity, compassion, hope and justice for refugees?JRS UK is recruiting a new Policy Officer to support increasing demand, in particular, from the Church and Christian policy makers for briefing and advice.  In addition to external-facing advocacy, JRS UK also wishes to improve the sensitivity with which it responds to policy changes affecting...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS-UK) held a screening showcasing ‘Vol Special’, a documentary about the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention centre in Geneva, Switzerland.It also gave viewers an insight on the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system.Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Many asylum seekers who come to the UK also face this sort of fate....

Pages