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Fr Tom Smolich addressing teachers at Pagirinya Secondary School (JRS)
On a recent trip to Uganda, Fr Thomas Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, reiterated JRS’s commitment to the service and accompaniment of the refugee population in Uganda, particularly in the area of education. Currently, Uganda hosts the largest refugee population in Africa. The official figures put the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda at 1,395,146, most of whom from South Sudan.In Kampala, Fr Tom interacted with many of the refugees supported...
Jesuit Mission runners
Another year, another London Marathon. But this year was different. It was hot, very hot. In fact it was the hottest ever London Marathon, with a recorded temperature of 24.2C. This came as a shock to many runners after a long, cold and wet winter of training.Over 40,000 runners took to the streets of London on Sunday 22nd April, among them were 29 people taking on the challenge for Jesuit Missions.The 2018 team included a Womble, a Nun, a team of 10 from Mount St Mary’s, two from Malta (...
“I want to be a doctor,” Elizabeth says. “My favourite subjects are biology, chemistry, and physics.” Her friend Rebecca wants to be either a doctor or a journalist.Elizabeth and Rebecca, both 17, and are students at St Mary Assumpta Girls’ school in Adjumani, Uganda, which was recently awarded first place in the region. They’re both Dinka, from Jonglei in South Sudan and are now living as refugees in Northern Uganda. They have been able to attend the school thanks to a sponsorship programme...
Pope Francis has challenged Europe and especially European Catholics not to go down the route of ‘exclusivism and cultural fortification’ when challenged with the task of welcoming refugees.  Speaking at a meeting with the directors of migrant and refugee services from the bishops’ conferences of Europe, Francis was particularly sad when he saw these negative reactions in Catholic communities. “I will not hide my concern about the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that...
View of the D Wing in Brook House
Watch Panorama - Undercover Britain's Immigration SecretsNews coming out ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation to be shown tonight on BBC 1 at 9 pm appears to show disturbing footage of abuse of detainees in immigration detention. The programmes shines a light on some of the harsh realities of indefinite immigration detention in the UK through an undercover investigation at Brook House, one of the nine immigration removal centre's in the UK's immigration detention estate.At one point, one...
The JRS UK logo
We are recruiting for a Detention Outreach Manager - join our team!The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK is recruiting for a senior post leading outreach to detainees in immigration detention via a volunteer network.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....
Michael Frain took part in the 258k race across the Sahara
An alumnus of St Ignatius College in Enfield, who has already run across the Sahara Desert and undertaken four Ironman Triathlons, will be taking part in the London Marathon next month to raise funds for the Jesuit Refugee Service.Michael Frain will be running the 26.2 mile race on 23 April dressed as a Womble, the characters that have been adopted for the past 20 London Marathons by Jesuit Missions (JM) in Wimbledon, home of the Wombles! He has praised the education that he received from the...
Victims of war and persecution: children in Aleppo, Syria. JRS
Jesuits in the United States have recommitted themselves to the defence of human rights and religious liberty, saying that they are greatly disappointed by the latest Executive Order from President Donald Trump, known colloquially as the 'travel ban', which they have branded a "shameful policy".Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the USA says that this new order has been artfully reworded to remove some of the most obvious legally-objectionable provisions of the original order. However, it still...
Some 25,000 riders are expected on the 2017 London-Surrey 100
Jesuit Missions (JM) is inviting you to get on your bike to help raise funds for communities that it supports overseas. JM has secured five places in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2017 event, which is taking place on 30 July 2017.The 100-mile route begins at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and takes in some of the most beautiful Surrey countryside on the way before ending on The Mall. Around 25,000 cyclists are expected to take part, raising money for their chosen charities. This year,...
The event on 8 March will be an opportunity for women's voices to be heard
Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ will give the opening address in the Vatican on Wednesday (8 March) to mark International Women's Day. He will be speaking at the Voices of Faith 2017 event at which the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is a partner, along with the Pontifical Council for Social Communication and Caritas Internationalis."Voices of Faith unites the Vatican with the international community and organisations around the globe to honour and acknowledge women who understand the need for...

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