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.”
Father Alex Kirsten, died on January 17, 2018 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON.He was in his 70th year and in religious life for 47 years.Fr. Kirsten served multiple ministries including the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, ON and the René Goupil House in Pickering, ON.
January 12, 2018 — Only one month after expressing their concern regarding the post-election situation in Honduras, the Jesuit Provincials of English and French Canada, Fathers Peter Bisson and Erik Oland, have sent another letter to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
December 28, 2017 — In the early days of 2017, the newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, helped set the stage for a year that will be very much remembered for the Jesuits’ care for people at the margins.
December 12, 2017 — As members of the greater Ignatian family, we are blessed to have many prayer resources available to us. If you’re looking for something special for Advent, you may want to visit one of these sites.