Syrian refugee children at the Jordanian border with Syria and Iraq. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)
Statement from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. on Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees
January 30, 2017 — As members of a global religious order
that works to form men and women of conscience and compassion, we denounce the
Trump Administration’s Executive Order suspending and barring refugees and
banning nationals of seven countries as an affront to our mission and an
assault on American and Christian values.
The Jesuits — through our work in high schools, colleges,
parishes and signature ministries such as Jesuit Refugee Service — have a long,
proud tradition of welcoming and accompanying refugees, regardless of their
religion, as they begin their new lives in the United States. We will continue
that work, defending and standing in solidarity with all children of God,
whether Muslim or Christian.
The world is deeply troubled, and many of our brothers and
sisters are justifiably terrified. Our Catholic and Jesuit identity calls us to
welcome the stranger and to approach different faith traditions and cultures
with openness and understanding. We must not give in to fear. We must continue
to defend human rights and religious liberty. As Pope Francis said, “You cannot
be a Christian without living like a Christian.”
Feb. 6, 2017 - Jamaica Magis Service Trip aims to provide Boston College students an opportunity to live and serve in solidarity with the people in Kingston, Jamaica, who have faced social, political, and economic oppression.
Feb. 3, 2017 - In his second prayer video of 2017, Pope Francis spoke on his intention of welcoming the needy. “Pray with me for all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.”
Jan. 26, 2017 - A special Mass was held at Loyola Jesuit Center, a sacred space for spiritual growth and prayer in Morristown, N.J., on Jan. 18, to re-dedicate and consecrate the newly renovated Christ the Priest Chapel in loving memory of Joseph Brian Moran and Joseph Brian Moran II.
Jan. 24, 2017 - St. Peter’s University was one of 12 Jesuit institutions across the East coast praying for immigrants and other vulnerable communities on Jan. 19, the eve of President Trump’s inauguration. For St. Peter’s University, this prayer vigil was the first of three days spent lifting up their beloved community which includes so many immigrant students.
Jan. 19, 2017 - Fr. George Collins, SJ, will complete his tenure as president of Cheverus High School on June 30, 2017, to return to pastoral spiritual ministry. Fr. Robert Pecoraro, SJ, has been selected to serve as the interim president as the board of trustees conducts a national search for a permanent successor.