Sarah Teather

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...
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...
Pope Francis with refugees on Lesbos, Greece. Credit: Caritas
Pope Francis has highlighted the plight of children on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is being marked this Sunday (15 January). In addition to stressing their vulnerability and needs, the Pope is calling on governments, organisations and individuals “to work towards protection, integration and long-term solutions” to the conditions that child migrants face.In his message for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Francis points out that...
Unite yourself with the Pope in prayer throughout the year
It is still not too late to order your 2017 Living Prayer Booklet that includes Daily Offerings, the Pope's prayer intentions, reflections and more for the year ahead. Beginning in January, only one prayer intention will be offered by Pope Francis, so that the second one can be topical or of current concern; but the format otherwise remains unchanged.The Pope also now has a mobile application called Click To Pray, brought to you by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of...
Sarah Teather (front row, far right) with the London Church Leaders
Sarah Teather of the Jesuit Refugee Service has spoken about the crisis that asylum seekers face in the capital. She was addressing the launch by London’s Church Leaders of a new campaign in response to the ongoing refugee crisis, and following continued reports of intolerance and heightened tension in the wake of the EU Referendum.#LondonUnited encourages churches representing the capital’s different Christian dominations to showcase their community work, particularly in response...
JRS UK supporters at St James', Spanish Place
Supporters and volunteers from Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) joined thousands of people including MPs and celebrities on Saturday, for a march in London to urge the UK government to take more action over the refugee crisis. The Refugees Welcome demonstration took place two days before the start of a UN summit for refugees and migrants in New York, which will be  attended by world leaders, including the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP.Ahead of the march from Park Lane to Parliament Square...
Sarah Teather during her time as an MP Credit: Parliamentary recording unit
At the City of Sanctuary AGM on Friday Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, was chosen to be the first person to receive the Sanctuary Champions award.City of Sanctuary is a grassroots movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution across Britain.Tiffy Allen, Network Coordinator, said “Congratulations Sarah, on being the first Sanctuary Champion awarded by City of Sanctuary! The award...
Harmondsworth IRC
Responding to the release today of an inspection into conditions at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre by the new Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK said:“Peter Clarke is the second Chief Inspector of Prisons to draw attention to the unacceptably long periods in which people are warehoused in detention and to call for a time limit. The conditions he describes bring shame on the Government, but cleaning up is not enough. The...
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...
I begin work as the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK from January 2016. This new phase of my life is in some ways the culmination of a lengthy period of reorientation in which Ignatian Spirituality has been a guiding aid.I join JRS UK following a short contract with the Rome office of JRS International – work which has taken me all over the world, including the Middle East, East Africa and the Western Balkans, visiting projects in field and meeting refugees, staff and...

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