Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Names Former Ambassador David M. Robinson as Executive Director. “My concern for the well-being of refugees and other vulnerable migrants became a lasting commitment while I served in the State Department,” said Robinson. Read more here
Testimony from the Heart at Congressional Briefing on Policy Challenges Facing Congress On March 2, four members of the Jesuit network gave voice to the voiceless at a Capitol Hill briefing on criminal justice, environmental justice, immigration and poverty. More>>
Jesuits offer Lenten Resources click here
Statement from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. on Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees
Why I Advocate for Refugees by Fr. James Martin, SJ
The Jesuit Conference on migrants and refugees has shared a statement. Please read and respond with your thoughts…we want your input. [Hyperlink to: Feast of the Holy Family.Jesuit statement]
Parishioner Bob Macpherson shares his experience with Jesuit Refugee Service – Read Here
In your prayers, please remember Jesuit vocations. We are blessed to have the Jesuits here in Charlotte. Spread the good news and invite others to explore the Jesuits. The website www.BeAJesuit.org may inspire a young man you know to see, hear, feel and understand the calling that Christ has for his life.
Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Elected 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Sosa will now lead the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church. In his first in-depth interview after being elected superior general of the Society of Jesus, Venezuelan Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa discusses his Jesuit vocation and the future of the Society. More>>
What is next for the Jesuits? Read more here or watch this video – https://youtu.be/4Fy7A-msgpE
Historic Visit by Pope Francis to the Jesuit General Congregation 36 Recap: @Pontifex visits #GC36https://t.co/MBIauGm0Jv
Mercy in Motion reflects the words of Pope Francis: “Mercy is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality … We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable of.”
Rev. Peter Neeley, S.J. – Asst. Director of Education of Kino Border Initiative, Nogales, AZ/Mexico. On his November visit, Fr. Pete gives us a look inside the human dilemmas on the U.S./Mexico border with those either seeking asylum, migrating, or being deported from our country.
The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational ministry founded in 2009 by six Catholic organizations — including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA — is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.
See the Kino Border Initiative documentary:
In May, St Peter Catholic Church sent Fr. John Michalowski SJ, Parochial Vicar and three parishioners (Bob Macpherson, Martha Schmitt and Dave Zablotny) to the KBI in Nogales for an opportunity to work and generate ideas on how we can support this merciful mission. See photos from their trip in MS PowerPoint at this link: KINO_presentation
There is nothing quite as compelling as hearing a story from the person who has lived it. When immigrants tell their stories, it includes experiences, details and emotion that others find challenging to convey. The New American Story Project: This site presents video interviews with recently arrived children from Mexico and Central America, as well as background information from immigration lawyers, policy analysts, social scientists, teachers and social workers. http://www.newamericanstoryproject.org/
Today, more than 65 million people are displaced around the world, the most since World War II. While it is impossible to fully comprehend what it is like to be forced from your home and live as a refugee, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites you to host a Walk a Mile in My Shoes simulation, which provides individuals and communities with an opportunity to pause and experience, if only vicariously and for a few moments, the frustrations, disappointments and hopes that refugees around the world face. Journeys of Hope: Click here for the story
Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies Cannot Wait – Jesuit Refugee Service, rooted in the Jesuit tradition of educating young people, operates education programming in more than 38 countries serving more than 141,000 refugees and displaced persons. Read more here: http://jrsusa.org/RefugeeVoice_Detail?TN=DTN-20160706011644
On Page 2, Jesuit Refugee Service offers recommendations.
We enjoyed Fr. Chuck Frederico’s recent visit and his inspiring words about Jesuit Vocations. Please pick up a prayer card from the church narthex or Benedict 2nd floor to pray for more Jesuit priests. Help us keep a Jesuit presence at St Peter and in Charlotte!
A chef-turned-Jesuit priest is not a common career path, but to hear Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ, explain it, both vocations are more similar than you might imagine…read more here.
Fr. Chuck will speak about discerning a Jesuit vocation. You can find out more at the Jesuit national vocation website www.BeAJesuit.org.
Watch “The Journey to a Great Life”