Safe Haven

Safe Haven

A student gazes at her teacher Wednesday morning in an early childhood education class, part of the Jesuit Refugee Service ‘Safe Haven’ at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. About 120,000 refugees from a dozen countries live in the sprawling camp in northern Kenya. Learn more about the JRS Safe Haven on our website:

(photo by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)


Online retreat will mark 30 years of Jesuit Refugee Service

Online Retreat

This November 14th we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Jesuit Refugee Service. We recall fondly Father Pedro Arrupe’s sound advice to “pray, pray much” as he encouraged the struggling first generation of JRS team members in Southeast Asia to bring the overwhelming challenges of their new apostolic work to the Lord in prayer.

Three decades later, we once again invite our JRS family — current and former staff members, Jesuits, friends and colleagues—to reflect prayerfully on the ways in which we discover the presence of God in our ministry with refugees and displaced persons.

In honor of our 30th anniversary, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is introducing a free 30-day online retreat that links Ignatian Spirituality to the plight of refugees and vulnerable migrants.  It’s an easy way for people to fuse spirituality and social justice into your day .

The retreat will go live on November 1, and will be prominently linked on our home page.

The retreat links the Spiritual Exercises to the plight of refugees and vulnerable migrants and provides an easy way for people to fuse spirituality and social justice into their days.

Jesuit Superior meets JRS staff after recent visit to Sri Lanka

Fr. Adolfo Nicolas S.J., Father General of the Society of Jesus, visited the Province of Sri Lanka last month. While visiting the region of Colombo-Galle, Father Nicolás stressed several themes particularly dear to him: depth of commitment, creativity and life in the Spirit, and inserting these into the specific reality of Jesuits in Sri Lanka today.

He noted that technology can be a powerful aid to serious intellectual work and to the strengthening of commitment but that it can be a temptation to superficiality. He concluded by saying that unless religious life shows such experiential commitment it will have little to say to Asia so steeped in deep and ancient religious traditions.

Fr. Adolfo Nicolás S.J. is introduced to Jesuit Refugee Service staff by JRS International Director Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., Thursday at the Curia in Rome.

Fr. Adolfo Nicolás S.J. is introduced to Jesuit Refugee Service staff by JRS International Director Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., Thursday, March 11, 2010 at the Curia in Rome.

The meeting with the Jesuits of Kandy district was an opportunity to highlight the challenges the Society faces in Sri Lanka.  He called attention to the promotion of dialogue between the north and the south of the nation and among factions who are in conflict.  It is necessary, he said, to build bridges and form alliances that will promote a just society.

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JRS speaker discusses human rights and Catholic social teaching

Acclaimed refugee rights activist Katrine Camilleri, Ph.D., assistant director of Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta, visited Loyola University New Orleans on Tuesday, Nov. 17, to deliver the last lecture of the People on the Move conference. Her talk, “Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Human Rights and Catholic Social Teaching.”

Camilleri is the 2007 recipient of the U.N. Refugee Agency’s Nansen Refugee Award, which is given to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in work on behalf of refugees. Camilleri’s recent work has focused on helping refugees and asylum seekers who are detained in Malta. Despite threats and arson attacks on her home and vehicle, Camilleri has been successful in influencing government policy and continues to be at the forefront of the battle to improve conditions in detention centers in Malta.
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Creighton lecture showcases Jesuit Refugee Service

Creighton University’s 51st annual Alpha Sigma Nu William F. Kelley S.J. Endowed Lecture will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Don Doll, S.J., internationally known photojournalist, and holder of the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Faculty Chair at Creighton. He will present a slideshow titled “Jesuit Refugee Service: The New Missionary Venture of the Society,” documenting the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in many of the more than 50 countries where it operates.
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