With schools around the world closed due to COVID-19, educators everywhere have been exploring ways to teach students, even at a distance. Education is a core activity of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), and in the midst of the current crisis, we are finding unique ways to ensure that displaced children have the opportunity to learn and thrive.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is proud of our Ignatian heritage. As a work of the Society of Jesus, we trace our roots back to the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola. As a man who was committed to “finding God in all things,” he introduced the Examen as a prayer for doing exactly that – taking a moment each day to find God in all things.
What we are all experiencing has showed us that we cannot live as nations, races, or people independent of one another. We must come together. As we reflect on our new reality and the challenges that the global pandemic has brought, we pray that we can come together to welcome and protect one another, especially those most vulnerable.
May 2020 marks five years since the publication of Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, an encyclical that invites us to care for both the poor and the earth. As we reflect on this, we invite you to pray for creation and for those most impacted by environmental change.
Stranded: The Impact of US Policies on Asylum Seekers shares the testimonies of people who are facing the real and often heart breaking consequences of US asylum policies.
Though most of us are vulnerable to COVID-19 as it continues to spread around the world, migrants and refugees remain particularly vulnerable – living in over crowded conditions where social distancing is not possible, and with lack of access to appropriate healthcare. Use this prayer to help guide your intentions for the protection of our forcibly displaced brothers and sisters at this time.
With churches closed and services canceled, Holy Week looks different this year. As we walk through this week and with Christ, use this prayer to help you in your reflection.
As the world faces a global pandemic, there are a lot of questions about who, what, and where the impacts will be felt around the world. For those we accompany, refugees and displaced people, these questions can be particularly concerning. So, we’re answering some of the questions we’ve heard from you, our supporters and friends.
Reading Dying to Live: Stories from Refugees on the Road to Freedom help you engage a group at your school, parish, or community engage in a discussion about refugees and forcibly displaced people, and our discussion guide can help.