Friday of the 2nd week of Lent, 17 March  Feast of St Patrick

LENT 2017

Friday of the 2nd week of Lent, 17 March Feast of St Patrick

We can all be surprised by hospitality and the generosity of others.

17 March 2017

Friday of the 2nd week of Lent, 17 March  Feast of St Patrick

From today’s first reading:

“Never let your love for each other grow insincere, since love covers over many a sin. Welcome each other into your houses without grumbling”

1 Peter 4: 8-9

Over the weeks of Lent, we are introducing you to a number of the refugee friends JRS accompanies. We invite you to walk with them and welcome them into your hearts.

As we celebrate St Patrick’s day and take in the wealth of green hats and food which appear in the shops and cafes, remember the missionary St Patrick – who knew what it was to be a migrant, sold as a slave, and was then brave enough to return to the country of his slavery.


Mourad’s Story – Part 6

Mourad speaks often of the generosity and the hospitality he received. He was surprised and overjoyed that he was invited to eat with the community at the same table, “because I’m a refugee and a Muslim, and eating with him at the table, they don’t make a difference”.

Mourad has been hosted through our at home hosting scheme for nearly 9 months now, with three different Jesuit communities.  It has been a joy for us to see the growth and change in Mourad since he has had stability in his accommodation.

Read the next stage of Mourad’s journey tomorrow.

Inform yourself

Is your community part of a hosting scheme for refugees? Perhaps your Parish is involved in a project which hosts refugees and asylum seekers? Can you help support them?

JRS’ hosting scheme ‘at Home’ places homeless refugees with religious communities. We currently have 8 refugees, like Mourad, placed with religious communities and parishes across London.


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Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre
2 Chandler Street, London E1W 2QT

020 7488 7310

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