JRS UK

The London Churches Refugee Fund's 2018 Annual Speaker Meeting takes place on Wednesday 19th September with Guest Speaker Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK. There will also be a chance to learn about the work of the Fund and to hear from some of those who have been assisted by the agencies supported through donations.The meeting is at 6.30pm, with refreshments from 6pm - nearest tube is High Street Kensington, 4 minutes walk from the Church.If you are interested in going,...
Each year, the Jesuit Refugee Service becomes overrun with balloons and bunting. Tables and chairs are borrowed from local parishes, and the faint smell of a BBQ slowly drifts through the air.The annual Summer Party is excitedly anticipated by the refugees JRS serves, as well as the volunteers and friends of the centre. The celebration offers an opportunity to take some time away from the challenges of day to day life and be thankful for one another.Praying that the sunshine would last, the...
Jesuit Refugee Service UK is beginning a new project to provide legal advice for people pursuing asylum claims, whose claims have already been refused before.Jonathan Parr, Assistant Director of JRS UK, said: “We are very excited to be advertising our Legal Officer role as, if successful, it will provide a much needed service.“The refugees we serve find themselves let down by an unjust system and have reached the stage in the procedures whereby only intensive and high quality legal work will...
People are transformed by an encounter which is true and “opens your mind” says Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK. Speaking at the annual conference for the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales (NJPN) last weekend, Sarah shared how even in the face of difficulty and isolation created by the Hostile Environment Agenda, the generosity we receive from refugees is like a “primal urge that you wish to be able to give yourself back to others.”Addressing the theme of the annual...
Cardinal Nichols speaking at JRS
BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme last weekend reported on the visit of Cardinal Vincent Nichols to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).During the visit the Archbishop of Westminster stated that the UK government’s treatment of asylum seekers was “a shame on our country”. After spending time listening to the stories of those accompanied by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, who are struggling to gain recognition of their refugee status, he said“If you’re here for 10 years and you can’t have a residence,...
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On a visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) offices in Wapping this Thursday, Cardinal Vincent Nichols spent time listening to the stories of asylum seekers accompanied by JRS UK.Reflecting on the conversations he shared with many of our refugee friends, Cardinal Vincent said, “I heard heart-rending, terrible stories of the way some people have been treated … we seem to have a system in place that obviously has to deal with some very difficult cases, some hard cases, but it seems to deal...
A controversial definition of torture for use in immigration detention has just come into force. The definition has been heavily criticised as inadequate to protect torture survivors from detention, by Medical Justice, Freedom from Torture, and others.The definition appears in the updated Detention Centre rules and updated guidance on protecting adults at risk in immigration detention, and is intended as a tool for screening vulnerability, with the intention that torture survivors should not...
Please remember in your prayers Fr James Conway SJ who professed his Final Vows at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm St, on Friday 8th June - feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Final vows are traditionally made on a feast of particular significance to Jesuits. Devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus was originally championed by the Jesuit Saint Claude La Colombiere.In his homily, principal celebrant Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ focused on the call to transformation...
Fr James Conway SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 at the age of 31. “The sense of a journey has been very real as God has accompanied me all along the way: through thick and thin, He has been faithful to me, though I have not always been faithful to Him” he reflects.Fr James was born in Gateshead and entered the novitiate in Birmingham IN 1994. After his studies in London, he went to Paris, to teach theology at Centre Sèvres, Jesuit faculty of philosophy and theology.Back from France, Fr...
Destitution Services ManagerThe Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK is recruiting for a new senior post of Destitution Service Manager.JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Our work is founded on principles of Catholic Social Teaching and imbued with an Ignatian charism. In the UK, JRS’ work is focused on supporting destitute asylum seekers and those who are...

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