Michael Smith SJ

Michael Smith SJ
The Jesuits in Britain are about to welcome a new safeguarding officer to the permanent staff.  She will be the first lay person to take on this important role which has previously been undertaken by  Fr Mike Smith SJ.Fr Smith was appointed in 21 years ago in 1995.  His role has been to follow up allegations of abuse, liaise with and support victims, to manage risks, and develop policies and procedures for better safeguarding.  He has developed a safeguarding awareness...
Many Catholics and Christians of all denominations feel the need to understand their faith better, and to integrate their beliefs with the complex modern world. The original impetus for Living Theology came from an effort to help Catholics to understand the importance of Vatican II. Fifty years later, Living Theology tries to be just that – a stimulus to foster a lively interest in ways that people will find approachable and enjoyable, so that they can:• deepen their knowledge of...
Welcoming those that come to the JRS Day Centre
Fr Michael Smith SJ reflects on his experience so far working as a volunteer at Jesuit Refugee Service UK's Thursday Day Centre.     I'd been a Jesuit for around 17 years when Father Pedro Arrupe started the Jesuit Refugee service in 1980. Father Arrupe was one of the best known and most admired of recent Jesuit generals – the people who run the Jesuits world-wide. I knew that it operated in many places in the world, trying to do in each place what refugees in that area...