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Online Retreat Marks 30 Years of Jesuit Refugee Service
October 28, 2010

Online Retreat Marks 30 Years of Jesuit Refugee Service
To highlight the JRS anniversary and our on-going work with refugees and forced migrants, on November 1 we will make available on our website an Online Retreat. Each day of this online retreat will offer the opportunity to reflect prayerfully on the situation of refugees via the lens of The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
By linking the Spiritual Exercises to the plight of refugees and vulnerable migrants, we believe that the retreat will provide an easy way for people to fuse spirituality and social justice into their daily life. During the next four weeks we invite you — day by day — into an experience of "prayerful storytelling" as we share with you the grace-filled stories of God’s powerful love for all of us.
(Washington, D.C.) October 28, 2010 – This November 14th is the 30th anniversary of the founding of Jesuit Refugee Service. We recall fondly Father Pedro Arrupe’s sound advice to "pray, pray much" as he encouraged the struggling first generation of Jesuit Refugee Service team members in Southeast Asia to bring the overwhelming challenges of their new apostolic work to the Lord in prayer.

To highlight the anniversary and our on-going work with refugees and forced migrants, on November 1 we will make available on our website an Online Retreat. Each day of this online retreat will offer the opportunity to reflect prayerfully on the situation of refugees via the lens of The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

By linking the Spiritual Exercises to the plight of refugees and vulnerable migrants, we believe that the retreat will provide an easy way for people to fuse spirituality and social justice into their daily life. During the next four weeks we invite you — day by day — into an experience of "prayerful storytelling" as we share with you the grace-filled stories of God’s powerful love for all of us.

The Spiritual Exercises have been described as "a journey of transformation and conversion." More than a book of rote prayers or lockstep exercises, Ignatius’s little book of exercises was designed to help people get in touch with their experiences of God, become more and more sensitive to them, and to see how God has been and continues to work within them. It is with this spirit that we approach the coming thirty days. Guided by the experiences and stories of JRS staff members — past and present — you will be invited to join your own story and lived experience to God’s story, especially as it is told to us in the life of Jesus.

As you progress through this retreat, God will direct you and touch your soul with love and challenge in a truly personal way. We trust that the graces of this retreat will renew us and transform us into the heart of Jesus, deepening our commitment to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

All are invited to join us each day in prayer for the coming four weeks. May God move your heart through the thoughts, desires, memories, and feelings that come to you in these days of "prayerful story-telling.”

The Online Retreat can be found on our home page, http://www.jrsusa.org beginning November 1, 2010, and a direct link to the Online Retreat can be found here: http://www.jrsusa.org/Retreat.



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