Category Archives: International Office

JRS Charter

The Charter of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Rome 2000 JRS Charter (456 downloads)

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JRS 30th Anniversary

JRS, putting refugees first. Thirty years on, maintaining the depth of the JRS mission. JRS 30th Anniversary (314 downloads)

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JRS International WRD 2009 Statement

Statement by Jesuit Refugee Service on World Refugee Day 2009. JRS International WRD 2009 Statement (157 downloads)

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In the Footsteps of Pedro Arrupe

This booklet, published on the hundredth anniversary of Father Pedro Arrupe’s birth, to remember his vision for JRS and ensure, even as the organisation grows and the world changes, that its vitality is sustained into the future. The reflections of Jesuits shared in this booklet testify to the enduring legacy of his vision. They prove correct his prophetic hopes of the role that Jesuits are called to play in alleviating the dramatically urgent needs of forcibly displaced people, and of the spiritual benefits to be reaped in this important modern apostolate. Twenty-seven years after the establishment of JRS, the magnificent response to his initial appeal has not diminished, and the impact of this apostolate on Provinces who make men available, remains real and profound. Arrupe’s vision has inspired so many Jesuits, lay people and religious who have worked with JRS and will continue to guide it into the future. Download In the Footsteps of Pedro Arrupe (190 downloads)

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The Wound of the Border

The history of JRS is the history of refugees. This book was published to commemorate 25 years of Jesuit Refugee Service. But is this something to celebrate? As one JRS worker said, we can only celebrate on the day JRS comes to an end; this will mean there are no more wars, and no more refugees. The centre of gravity of this book is not only JRS and its many works, but the refugees themselves. What we celebrate is their dignity, courage and determination to keep hope alive, to choose light instead of darkness. It is not meant to be historically exhaustive, but to bring together testimonies of people who have witnessed the growth of JRS. They offer their experience and vision, share significant events in their regions, the specific challenges and dilemmas they encountered, and the signs of hope. The Wound of the Border (223 downloads)

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God in Exile

God in Exile: Towards a Shared Spirituality with Refugees is intended for people involved in the mission of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and others who serve refugees and people on the move. It is the fruit of endeavours to meet a felt need in JRS, that of giving expression to the rich spirituality underlying the journey in exile and the specific JRS response. God in Exile (211 downloads)

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Everybody’s Challenge

This book gathers key documents that record the inspiration and the mission given to Jesuit Refugee Service by the Society of Jesus in the first 20 years of its life 1980-2000. Everybody's Challenge (207 downloads) .

Even in the short 20 years of the life of JRS, the profile and needs of refugees and forcibly displaced people have changed a lot. For this reason the mission of JRS needs to be clear and the criteria for putting it into practice need to be well understood. Refugee is in fact an imprecise term applied to a diverse range of people.

Over these last 20 years, the number of conflicts of a religious or ethnic nature have increased, and so have their victims. In addition, In this context there is a world-wide growth in criminal human trafficking by which many refugees are doubly punished. They must pay cash in order to enjoy their fundamental human right of asylum. And as a result they are frequently seen as ‘illegal’. 

Fortunately, Catholic social teaching uses a broad understanding of who is a refugee. Yet while the needs of refugees differ according their countries of origin or of asylum, or because of the reasons for which they left home, the pastoral and human response of JRS remains consistent.

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JRS Charter

The Charter of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Rome 2000. JRS Charter (456 downloads)

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