Jesuit Refugee Service

ACN staff and supporters from across the world will be taking part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris on Sunday
Participants in the Fitbit Semi de Paris (a half-marathon) are in their final days of training and preparation ahead of the race on Sunday – including a Jesuit priest and his lay colleague from Farm Street Church. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, National Ecclesiastical Assistant to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Sebastian Cichocki, the parish’s Maintenance Manager, will be joining Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s National Director, and John Pontifex, their Head of Press and Information, to help raise...
The right to rent rules would result in a hostile environment for everyone, warns JRS UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has warned that the government's 'Right to Rent' scheme is likely to affect the most vulnerable in society, saying it risks legislating to prevent kindness in our communities - particularly for asylum seekers facing homelessness and destitution.The JRS statement follows a report today from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) into the ‘Right to Rent’ scheme. The scheme requires private landlords and their...
The Catholic agencies have called for political action and prayer
The Jesuits in Britain have added their voice to criticism of the UK Government’s decision to cancel plans to bring 3,000 refugee children to the UK as part of the Dubs Amendment scheme. As members of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), they are reiterating the statement by Bishop Paul McAleenan, who has responsibility for migration within the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, in which he said that it was the duty of the entire international community to protect...
Runners pass La Place de la Bastille in last year's FitBit Semi de Paris. Credit: ASO/B.Bade
A London Jesuit will be heading to France next month to take part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris, a half-marathon, on behalf of suffering Christians in the Middle East. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community as well as the Ecclesiastical Assistant for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), will be running with Sebastian Cichocki, Mount Street’s maintenance manager, ACN’s UK Director and their Head of Press and Information, as part of an...
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Faith Matters: Lent 2017‘Faces of Mercy’Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK, gives one of the Diocese of Wesminster's Faith matters Lenten series of talks on the faces of mercy.7th Mar’17, ‘When I was in prison…’ by Mgr. Roger Reader, Prison Adviser, Catholic Bishop’s Conference14th Mar’17, ‘When I was a sick…’ by Fr Peter-Michael Scott, The Cardinal’s Advisor for Healthcare Chaplaincy21th Mar’17, ‘When I...
The Feast of St Josephine Bakhita is also the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK) is stressing the importance of protecting vulnerable refugees from exploitation. Today (8 February) is the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking and those who work to combat this scourge of humanity, chosen by the Church because St Josephine Bakhita herself was sold into slavery.Every year, tens of millions of people desperately seek refuge, security and safety. Not...
Listen to the online conversation at 6pm today
A global online conversation is due to take place later today to study President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees. The event is being hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) and will involve experts from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service USA."The executive orders on immigration and refugee acceptance policies announced by the Trump administration last week are an affront to the Gospel-values of compassion and...
Showing solidarity with refugees: Some of the JRS/Jesuit group
Volunteers and supporters of Jesuit Refugee Service UK - including a number of Jesuits - joined the protest in Whitehall on Monday evening on behalf of migrants and refugees. Tens of thousands took part in a show of solidarity following last week’s decision by President Donald Trump to bar refugees from entering the USA and to close the country’s borders to people from seven Muslim-majority nations.Jesuits from across London, including members of the Mount Street Community and the...
US President Donald Trump
The Director of JRS/USA has called on President Trump to respect the “deep values” of the United States of America and to “seize the opportunity to advance human dignity” by revitalising a response to the refugee crisis.Fr Leo J. O'Donovan SJ addressed President Trump, sworn in today in Washington as the 45th President of the United States, in an Open Letter in America. In it, he acknowledges that, in the days ahead, he would have to come to grips with many...
Fr General listens to testimonies by refugees at the Gesù in Rome: JRS Italia
Father General has called on us all to redouble our efforts to welcome those who suffer because of the need to migrate and to work together to build ‘a community of life’.Speaking in Rome before the World Day of Refugees and Migrants (Sunday), Fr Arturo Sosa SJ was addressing refugees, volunteers and staff from the Centro Astalli, the headquarters of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy. He urged all who support refugees and migrants to put pressure on governments, especially in...

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