Peter Balleis

A colloquium will take place in Rome tomorrow to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Holy See's Press Office, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in an event co-organised by JRS International and Centro Astalli entitled Hospitality on the frontiers.The colloquium will be an opportunity to explore the concept of refugee...
The Jesuit Superior General, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, has appointed Fr Thomas Smolich SJ as the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). He will take over from Fr Peter Balleis SJ in November 2015.Fr Smolich has been President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States for the past eight years. He says he is “deeply honoured and grateful” for this appointment “because JRS really speaks to the heart of Jesuit identity and our Jesuit mission. It's going...
The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) says they are grateful for the outpouring of prayerful support that they have received since the abduction a month ago of their Afghanistan Director, Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ. Fr Peter Balleis SJ says the past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all in JRS. “Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope,” he says. “All the...