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Video: Detention Chaplaincy
November 03, 2010

Video:  Detention Chaplaincy
"We make sure men and women who are detained have access to the solace of their God, in whatever religious tradition they come from."

(Washington, D.C.) November 3, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs provide pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) both in three U.S. federal detention centers located in Texas, Arizona, New York, and in a Los Angeles County detention center in California. These programs enable people of all faiths to have access to pastoral care within their faith tradition.  

JRS/USA promotes courage, hope and peace for detainees in the ups and downs and day-to-day routines of their lives inside a detention facility. In addition to pastoral counseling, chaplains facilitate religious activities that include opportunities for worship, prayer, scripture services, and fellowship within the traditions of each person’s faith. JRS/USA’s chaplains and pastoral care workers give support to those who find themselves suffering and in crisis. They help individuals who are struggling to find purpose and meaning, value and direction, hope and love in their lives.

In this video, 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."

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