USA: Jesuit Refugee Service Ministers to Detainees

31 October 2013

Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J. during a Mass at a detention center in Southern Arizona. (DHS)


Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J., the former National Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA talks about the chaplaincy services provided by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to detainees in detention centers across the United States.

“We make sure men and women who are detained have access to the solace of their God, in whatever religious tradition they come from,” says Fr. Gavin, noting that JRS ministers to Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and other detainees.

“There is a dramatic need people have to really experience God in their life,” says Fr. Gavin. “In all the anxiety of detention, they know that the Lord is with them.”