Louise Zanré

Louise Zanre
The requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Louise Zanré will be celebrated on Monday 29th February at 10.30am at Farm St Church.  The principal celebrant will be Fr Provincial Dermot Preston SJ.  All are welcome to come and give thanks for Louise's life and to mourn her passing. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.JRS UK would be grateful for prayers for Louise, her sister Dina, her colleagues and all the many refugees who loved her. She will be greatly missed.Family flowers...
JRS UK is sorry to announce the death of  Louise Zanré, former Director of JRS-UK, on Monday 15th February. Louise's death was unexpected, but she had been unwell for some considerable time. She had stepped down from the post of JRS Director at the beginning of this year, although she was continuing to work with us and contribute her great experience. JRS UK would be grateful for prayers for Louise, her sister Dina, her colleagues and all the many refugees who loved her. She will be...
Sarah Teather with Pope Francis at the audience for JRS' 35 years of service, L'Osservatore Romano
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) today welcomed its new Country Director. Sarah Teather is taking over from Louise Zanré who has decided to step down after 16 years but will be staying on as part of the team - in a policy/communications role.Sarah Teather is joining JRS UK following a short contract with the Rome office of JRS International. This work took her all over the world, including the Middle East, East Africa and the Western Balkans, visiting projects in field and meeting...
A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey. (A McConnell / UNHCR)
This Sunday, the Church will celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, responding to the theme initiated by Pope Francis: "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us: the Response of the Gospel of Mercy".  Among the highlights of the weekend will be the 2016 Memorial Lecture of the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s Justice and Peace Commission, which will be given by Louise Zanré, the outgoing Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS-UK).Earlier this week, Pope Francis urged the...
Sarah Teather with Pope Francis at the audience for JRS' 35 years of service, L'Osservatore Romano
Sarah Teather has been appointed as the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK). Formerly the Member of Parliament for the London constituency of Brent Central, Sarah joined the International Advocacy team of JRS in June 2015. As an advocacy advisor, she has visited JRS projects all over the world, including Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Macedonia and the southern coast of Italy where so many attempt dangerous crossings to Europe over the Mediterranean Sea.In addition to her...
The Star Still Shines: resources from JRS-UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has compiled a selection of prayers, liturgies and reflections for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and beyond. The new pack, entitled The Star Still Shines, has been issued in response to the many parishes and individuals who have been in touch with JRS-UK asking what they can do to respond to the needs of refugees at this time.“Sometimes we can provide materials goods to help someone,” says Kate Monkhouse from JRS-UK. “Other times we can make a financial...
Lighting a candle in prayer for Migrants and Refugees
Let Us Pray on 18 January for Migrants and Refugees! Louise Zanré, Director of JRS UK, invites us to dedicate time this New Year to pray in solidarity with refugees who face the year ahead with uncertainty. This reflection first appeared in the Catholic Universe newspaper.For the people we accompany at Jesuit Refugee Service, a new year can be a time for dejection and tiredness, rather than filled with promise. A new year marks the passage of another year of waiting for a decision in an...
2015 sees the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be marked in the UK on Sunday, 18 January. Every year, the Pope issues a message on the theme of refugees and migrants which concludes with a blessing for them.  The message for this year is “The Church without frontiers, Mother to all”. In his message for the Day, Pope Francis says that the Church has a vital role in the breaking down of barriers and that it is not enough simply to tolerate people of different...
A refugee at a JRS class in Kenya: Christian Fuchs/JRS
Advent has always held a special place in my heart.  It is a special time of the year – one in which we prepare for Christmas and so traditionally think of family members, friends and loved ones. It is also a time of expectation and longing, of preparation and of waiting for Someone to come along with all of the promise of a new beginning, a new way of living and, of course, of eventual redemption. There is something particularly poignant about Advent and Christmas when...
The Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh is planning a number of talks which will inform the discussions on the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland. In the first of these, Louise Zanré, Director of JRS-UK, will be addressing Faith Values around Asylum Issues on Monday, 20 January 2014 at 7.30pm. Tapping into her wide experience of refugee work, Louise will explore how Scotland stands on the international stage and what values go into decisions associated with asylum. All will be...