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Spiritual basis of the JRS mission
November 13, 2011

Spiritual basis of the JRS mission
A refugee participates in the Pastoral Program at the Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 20, 2011. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
"Surrounded by mindless violence, war and displacement, it is hard to make sense of it all. It seems so meaningless and can lead us to despair. That is why we have launched this new initiative, to give ethical and spiritual meaning to our work," said JRS International Director Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J.

(Rome) November 14, 2011 — In commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the foundation of the organization, Jesuit Refugee Service announced the launch of a new section on its international website: Theology, spirituality and ethics, a basis of the JRS mission.

"Surrounded by mindless violence, war and displacement, it is hard to make sense of it all. It seems so meaningless and can lead us to despair. That is why we have launched this new initiative, to give ethical and spiritual meaning to our work," said JRS International Director Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J.

The new section explores the key issues facing JRS staff in their service and advocacy work with refugees and other forcibly displaced migrants. It focuses on serving faith, promoting justice and enhancing inter-religious understanding, while also placing emphasis on how best JRS can, in the words of Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Jesuits, foster reconciliation and Gospel hospitality.

The launch of the new website section — in English, French, Spanish and Italian — comes after a conference at the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice (CHRIJ) in early October, bringing together JRS staff and university theologians and ethicists from around the world to discuss the development of theological, spiritual, and Christian ethical resources for JRS field staff.

These resources will seek to support JRS personnel in the spiritual and practical issues that they face every day. The theologians will write papers on some of these issues that will be made available to the wider public through the JRS International website as a resource for approaching the theological, spiritual and ethical challenges raised during the consultation.

In addition to providing theological, spiritual and ethical resources to assist better those working in this challenging ministry, the papers seek to promote understanding of how JRS shapes its project and advocacy agenda as an Ignatian faith-based organization.


On the International website: Theology, spirituality and ethics, a basis of the JRS mission

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