Jesuit Refugee Service

New report shows need to end hostile policies on asylum and build communities of hospitality, says Jesuit Refugee Service UK.A new report finds that asylum seekers in destitution and detention feel dehumanised by the asylum system but find strength through community membership, faith and volunteering. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK has responded by calling for an end to hostile environment policies and for the development of policies and social action to foster community, hospitality and...
JRS UK Gospel Choir
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, in order to encourage a better understanding between communities.Jesuit Refugee Service UK is marking the event in three ways.JRS UK Director Sarah Teather has been invited to write and present BBC Radio 4’s  Prayer for the Day which is broadcast...
A group of marathon finishers with medals
The last Sunday of April is always a big day in the London calendar and this year 42,000 runners embarked on the 26.2 mile challenge of the London Marathon. Among them the Jesuit team included four runners for Jesuit Refugee Service, including JRS Operations Manager Aidan Cantwell (5:25), and 26 for Jesuit Missions, of whom no fewer than twelve are teachers in our Jesuit schools.First home in 3:44:32 was English teacher Ruth Freer from St Aloysius College in Glasgow.  Not far behind...
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has launched a campaign on 10 April to remind voters of the power they have in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections to ensure protection for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. Using the hashtag format of social media, they are calling the campaign #ThePowerofVote.What makes the campaign all the more urgent is the serious threat to EU common values and principles in recent times. A shift in the culture has meant that there is now in some parts of...
The ceremony for the opening of the cause for the beatification and canonization of Pedro Arrupe SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983, took place at the Basilica of St John Lateran, in Rome yesterday - 5th February, the 28th anniversary of Fr Arrupe’s death.Pope Francis probably carries the laurels as the best-known, most beloved and yet controversial Jesuit of the last hundred years, but Fr Arrupe would be a close second.  Yet despite his huge impact on the Church...
English Channel
This report was published yesterday by Jesuit Refugee Service in response to the current media focus on the English Channel.JRS UK is deeply troubled by the Government’s comments and response to those individuals crossing the English Channel to reach the UK in search of safety and security. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those individuals around the world who are struggling to find safety, as we welcome in this New Year.As was widely reported today (Wednesday 2 Jan), Mr Javid spoke to...
Telling the story of the Christmas Goose
Farm Street Church this week witnessed a joyful start to the Advent season as it hosted the Jesuit Refugee Service's Advent service. The readings, which included both traditional scripture and poetry, read by JRS staff, volunteers and refugees, gave the packed church plenty to reflect upon.The service was led by Fr Damian Howard SJ, who asked in his welcome that we "think of those who are far from home, missing their loved ones, and make ourselves present to them as God makes himself present to...
Woman at window credit Nigel Tadyanehondo via Unsplash
Fr Damian Howard SJ preached at the JRS UK Advent Service about refugee wisdom which knows the truth about human life.There was an Advent party recently in the East End of London. Four random locals found themselves in conversation about the dreadful fix the world was in. Prudently they avoided Brexit, but they didn’t hesitate to bemoan the natural catastrophes afflicting so many corners of the globe, the persecution of entire peoples for their religion or their ethnicity, and, of course,...
Venezuelans crossing the border with Colombia. Photo Credit: George Castellanos
With a shared border more than 2.000 kilometres long, Colombia and Venezuela are facing a serious challenge in managing their national relations. With the massive forced migration of people coming from Venezuela, an understanding needs to be reached.According to United Nations estimates, more than two million people have fled Venezuela as a result of the internal crisis and the government's economic policies. It is estimated that there are already close to one million forced migrants in...
Join JRS UK for an evening of Readings and Carols as we begin the Advent Season.On Monday 3rd December, JRS UK will be holding their annual Advent Service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. It is a chance for refugees, supporters, volunteers and staff of JRS to come together to celebrate the beginning of Advent.  All are welcome.The service of Readings and Carols will be led by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ and will include performances from some of our refugee...

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