JRS UK

Victims of trafficking who are detained in Immigration Removal Centres are longing to be given a voice, says Beatrice Grasso. JRS UK are helping them to be heard.‘Please help me.’ These words are spoken very often inside Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) as the uncertainty of indefinite detention slowly takes its toll. During one of JRS UK’s regular outreach visits to Harmondsworth IRC, this was Xuan’s (not his real name) desperate plea to the volunteers.The volunteer who accompanied Beatrice...
Han, a refugee friend of JRS
Cristina Pecheanu, Destitution Services Manager at Jesuit Refugee Service UK, shares the importance of the activities run at the centre. ‘I was abandoned by the system, I was neglected and I don’t know how to move forward. So when I came, I found each volunteer trying to put in their best effort to welcome me with my name, which in itself is a source of comfort. Each time, each encounter gives me strength to fight for my life.’These touching words from one of our refugee friends, Han,...
A team of runners will take up the challenge of the London Marathon for Jesuit Refugee Service UK on 28th April, this year for the first time.“I came to London many years ago from the North West, but I have always felt welcome here,” explains Daniel Curtin. “I now feel duty bound to share that with others, to make them welcome, just as others shared their city with me. I can’t, however, achieve this by myself. I know all those coming to their Day Centre feel that they belong when they receive...
 Dries van den Akker SJ, Colette Scully and Martina Maher
They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen  - well they didn’t consider saints! A new cookbook with a difference, Saintly Feasts: Food for Saints and Scholars links every recipe with a saint, from St Wilgefortis ‘St Cucumber’ to St John, who was plunged into a pot of boiling oil but emerged unscathed.The authors, Martina Maher and Colette Scully are two Irish ladies living in Birmingham who have been cooking Sunday lunch for the Jesuits for 22 years. One among them, Fr...
Cover of Jesuits &Friends spring 2019
The Spring edition of Jesuits & Friends magazine has been published and is available in our parishes, schools and spirituality centres.The cover image shows children at the Early Development Centre in Maban, South Sudan, a project supported by readers of Jesuits & Friends via Jesuit Missions in the UK.  Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions, recalls his recent meeting in nearby Cuiebet with Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a Jesuit who has dedicated the last ten years striving to...
Shannon Philip from Jesuit Missions, Fr Matthew Power SJ, Nick Hanrahan from JRS UK, Fr Simon Bishop SJ
Things are decidedly lively just now at the Oxford Catholic Chaplaincy: on Sunday 20th January they held for the first time a “Vacations Projects Fair”, to offer students some exciting ways of using their vacations to be “men and women for others”, or “contemplatives in action”.At all four of the masses on the day, before and after (and even during) there were stalls run by the Assumption volunteers, CAFOD, Faith in Politics, the Faithful Companions of Jesus, Focolare, Jesuit Missions (...
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...
Photo Credit: Alison Tsang
On Tuesday 11th December, JRS UK brought together refugee friends and volunteers to pre-record a service for BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship. Focusing on the Gospel passage that tells of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt, the recording will be aired on Sunday 30th December and will feature music by Soul Santuary Gospel Choir and the JRS UK Refugee Gospel Choir.By drawing on the Holy Family and its connections with the story of the Exodus and the voice of Rachel, the service reflects on the...
Christmas celebrations came a bit early at the Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy, with the term ending on Friday 14th December.The traditional Carols by Candlelight service took place on Wednesday 12th, with a full church, two separate choirs, and the participation of Revd Dr Adam Scott, the Lead Chaplain from St Peter’s House (the ecumenical non-Catholic Chaplaincy). Students read from the Gospel accounts of the Nativity, the classic choir both sang polyphonic settings of carols...
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...

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