JRS UK

AVID (the Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees) delivered a training session for JRS UK volunteers at the end of January. The training covered current issues in detention, focusing especially on recent changes in legislation, and provided an overview of the rights of people held in immigration detention, concentrating on key issues such as access to healthcare and legal advice.Volunteers were given a space where they could test crucial skills in a safe environment, trying their...
Lenten email capture
JRS is repeating its first successful Lenten journey piloted in 2017, where over 700 subscribers went on a journey with some of the refugees JRS accompanies, serves and advocates on behalf of.Every day during Lent, the JRS UK e-mail will offer reflections on scripture from the day – either from the Mass readings or from the office of readings – alongside an action to support your Lenten observances. Across the weeks we will follow the experiences of a number of the refugees JRS accompanies and...
Troubling patterns of street homelessness and vulnerability to abuse amongst destitute refugees have been uncovered by research from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK), published ahead of Homeless Sunday this weekend. The study finds that most of the destitute refugees attending the JRS UK Day Centre had slept rough at some point in the previous year, and one in five had been forced to spend more than a month on the streets.  More worrying still was that a third of those with...
Pope Francis at Vargihna Wikimedia Commons
Sunday 14th January is the Church’s 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Pope Francis’ message to the faithful on this occasion draws attention to the “lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty” and comes shortly after his visit to the Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from persecution in Myanmar.In his message the pope says “This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to...
Deep hospitality at Mount Street Jesuit community
On Sunday 14th January the Church marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, an opportunity to reflect on our response as Christians to an often vulnerable group of people, and to celebrate the many ways refugees and migrants enrich societies across the world.This is the 104th such World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It may surprise some of us to learn just how long the Church has been so acutely concerned about the fate of refugees and migrants, especially if we only started taking an...
Annunciation to the shepherds  Flinck1639
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, is giving this year’s Christmas Meditation for Radio 4 just after the midnight news on Christmas Day night/Boxing Day morning.Sarah’s personal meditation finds the joy of Christmas breaking through in the messy painful struggles of life, including family tragedy and the lives of refugees. Speaking of the process of preparing her meditation Sarah observed, “This was challenging but also deeply rewarding project to be involved in. ...
JRS Gospel Choir  Credit Weenson Oo/picture-u.net
On Tuesday Jesuit Refugee Service held its first carol service at Farm Street Church, led by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ. The church was packed for this joyful occasion – many of JRS’ refugee friends had travelled long distances to join the many supporters and volunteers as well as Farm St regulars. Highlights of the service were specially prepared contributions from performance groups who attend the JRS Day Centre Plus activities -  initiatives designed to develop skills and...
Members of the Jesuit community and friends at lunch
“At present the refugees are survivors. An essential part of my job is to help them to do more than survive – to help them to live as free men and women.” This is how the late Fr William Yeomans SJ described the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) worldwide. We are called upon to accompany, serve as companions and advocate for refugees by reaffirming the innate human dignity and value of each person. Yet what can we do when survival itself is a challenge for refugees and migrants in the...
Sarah Teather the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK, spoke very powerfully about her work and her life to Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday (29th OCtober).  Discussing how JRS operates in fifty countries, she explained how working in the Rome office and visiting Uganda, South Sudan and Lebanon had led her to become the director of JRS in the UK.  In Britain, their mission is to accompany destitute refugees in Britain, i.e. those who cannot...
Wimbledon College. Photo credit: Peter O'Sullivan SJ
Last Friday, Wimbledon College held its Faith Day for the those in Rhetoric, the final year of Sixth Form.  Wimbledon College holds faith days for sixth formers every year. Those in the Poetry, the first year of Sixth Form, had a day more focused on spirituality. Speakers presented topics to do with knowing oneself, prayer, our relationship with God and respecting others. Students were able to reflect on their lives, scripture, the Catholic faith, and the world around them.In their...

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