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Philip Harrison, who was ordained deacon at the end of last year, is currently working part-time in Wapping for JRS-UK. As part of this placement, he is gathering material for a history of the Society’s work with refugees and asylum-seekers in Britain. If you have a memory to share, or would like to be involved with this project, please contact Philip at [email protected] 
Revelation from accompanying refugeesThe Newman Association presents the 2018 Manchester Newman Lecture, with Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Centre.BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Email Chris Quirke [email protected] or Phone: 07764 946074There is no admission charge.
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, is presenting Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 during Holy Week.  This is Radio 4's daily prayer and reflection slot, whose presenters represent a wide range of faith backgrounds and are often ordained ministers.She starts her slots this coming Saturday 24 March, the day before Palm Sunday and will give a brief reflection each morning from Monday 26th until Good Friday.The programme will suit early risers as it is broadcast at 5.43am, but...
JRS UK has called on the government to end indefinite detention, in response to the latest damning inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, which highlighted the continuing detention of highly vulnerable men, sometimes for very long periods of time. JRS UK described the report’s findings as “deeply troubling, but sadly not surprising”.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons published their report today of an unannounced inspection into Harmondsworth IRC. The report highlights...
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Jesuit Refugee Service UK has expressed concern about indications from the Home Office that they are willing to instrumentalise the immigration and asylum process to punish those who protest its policies around detention.Around 120 women being held in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are currently on hunger strike, protesting against indefinite detention, the detention of people seeking asylum and the detention of vulnerable people, including survivors of rape and torture. More details...
Lenten email capture
JRS is repeating its first successful Lenten journey piloted in 2017, where over 700 subscribers went on a journey with some of the refugees JRS accompanies, serves and advocates on behalf of.Every day during Lent, the JRS UK e-mail will offer reflections on scripture from the day – either from the Mass readings or from the office of readings – alongside an action to support your Lenten observances. Across the weeks we will follow the experiences of a number of the refugees JRS accompanies and...
Zozan
Today Jesuit Missions has launched its first regular enews bulletin.  This is just one of the inspiring stories you can read about their work.Jesuit Missions supports JRS MENA (Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East and North Africa) helping refugees and internally displaced people build new lives and look to the future with hope. JRS began its work in response to Iraqi refugees fleeing conflict in their country and now provides emergency relief and support to Syrians both in Syria and in...
Troubling patterns of street homelessness and vulnerability to abuse amongst destitute refugees have been uncovered by research from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK), published ahead of Homeless Sunday this weekend. The study finds that most of the destitute refugees attending the JRS UK Day Centre had slept rough at some point in the previous year, and one in five had been forced to spend more than a month on the streets.  More worrying still was that a third of those with...
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...

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