November 14th - Save the Date to celebrate with us!

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. founded Jesuit Refugee Service on November 14, 1980. At JRS/USA, we depend on the support of Jesuit institutions and the greater Ignatian-inspired family as we continue the legacy of Fr. Arrupe by accompanying, serving, and advocating for and with refugees.  We invite you to reflect on the life of Fr. Pedro Arrupe and be inspired by his witness as you renew your commitment to forcibly displaced persons. No matter your role in your community, whether it be administrative, educational, social, or pastoral, you can contribute to the JRS mission of accompaniment, service, and advocacy.

Superior General Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J. has invited the global Ignatian family to recognize November 14th as JRS Day, the anniversary of the founding of JRS. Together, we hope to commemorate Fr. Arrupe’s now famous call for personal and social change to become “People For and With Others” We hope you can join us.

Download the JRS Day resource here.


One proposal I support is to recognize 14 November 2020 as JRS Day throughout the Jesuit world, inviting all our ministries to acknowledge appropriately JRS’s history of accompaniment and service.
Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General

How can You participate in JRS Day

Pray in Solidarity

Recognize JRS Day by joining us in prayer. Please use this resource Praying with the Mission of Jesuit Refugee Service to guide your community in prayer and reflection.

Share the Story

Get Social! Please share on social media how your community is honoring the life of Fr. Arrupe on JRS Day, November 14. Please use this link here to access graphics created by JRS/USA.

Support the Mission

Join us for our virtual 43rd Anniversary fundraising event on November 14th, to recognize JRS’s history, honor those who’ve joined us on that journey, and lift the voices of the refugees we’ve accompanied. And, consider sponsoring the event. Find out more here.


To share your plans for JRS Day, or if you have any questions, be sure to contact Clara Sayans at outreach@jrsusa.org.

If you would like to receive copies of the Fr. Pedro Arrupe Prayer Card, please send the number of copies requested and your mailing address to outreach@jrsusa.org.