Sarah Teather

Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, is presenting Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 during Holy Week.  This is Radio 4's daily prayer and reflection slot, whose presenters represent a wide range of faith backgrounds and are often ordained ministers.She starts her slots this coming Saturday 24 March, the day before Palm Sunday and will give a brief reflection each morning from Monday 26th until Good Friday.The programme will suit early risers as it is broadcast at 5.43am, but...
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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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...
Handcuffs from Vol Special
On World Refugee Day, Tuesday 20 June, join us at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre for an evening of film and discussion. We invite you to come and watch Vol Special, a powerful documentary film; followed by a panel discussion chaired by Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK.Vol Special (Special Flight) is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention centre in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values...
Sarah Teather with refugees at St Aloysius  Credit: Flourish
Fr Tim Curtis SJ, parish priest at St Aloysius Glasgow, is urging fellow clergy to provide English classes for refugees, following the huge success of his parish’s own initiative which launched a year ago.The parish is committed to continuing the English classes at the St John Ogilvie Centre in Garnethill, which are now at full capacity, prompting Fr Tim to appeal, through an article in the Flourish newspaper, for other churches to consider running similar schemes.Fr Tim told Flourish “There is...

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