The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.

Their work expresses the commitment of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to stand with refugees around the world.

JRS programs are currently found in 52 countries, serving refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in conflict zones and detention centers, on remote borders and in busy cities. They run pastoral care and psychosocial support programs in detention centers and refugee camps, and provide humanitarian relief in emergency displacement situations. Education and livelihoods programs provide skill development and opportunities for integration into host communities. They never cease to advocate for the rights of refugees, and to articulate the obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us.

To learn more about this valuable organization re recommend that you visit the JRS website and their assistance to Ukraine.

This week’s collection goes to help JRS and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) mobilize resources worldwide to provide immediate support in Ukraine and in neighboring countries. In Ukraine, Jesuits are helping and supporting internally displaced, even turning a retreat house into housing for those displaced do to the assault by Russia.

To contribute, the Poor Box is located in the narthex of the church at the bottom of the choir loft stairs. – Thank you for your kind generosity.