The JRS mission is built on our faith in God who is present in human history, even in its most tragic moments. We are inspired by this faith and by core values that inform all the work we do.
Compassion impels us to work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow beings. JRS sees its service as a call to love, to treat others with equity and respect, as we ourselves wish to be treated.
JRS aims to give hope to refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. We provide a spiritual and practical response to their plight.
JRS believes in the intrinsic dignity of every person. We work with refugees and other displaced persons regardless of race, gender, religion or politics.
JRS is a work of the Society of Jesus, carrying out the Society’s mission of faith and justice through humble and respectful service in solidarity with refugees from diverse cultures, nationalities and religions.
JRS aspires to be hospitality in action. We walk alongside, accompany and offer hospitality to the most vulnerable, those “at the frontiers of humanity”, giving priority to situations of great need, in places where a more universal good may be achieved, and to needs to which others are not attending.
JRS is committed to a justice that empowers refugees to become “people with a voice of their own”, working together with them to challenge systems that deny human rights.
JRS upholds the principle of subsidiarity, endeavouring to be openly accountable for its work and transparent in its decision-making. We work in partnership with other religious congregations, humanitarian organisations and with refugees themselves, encouraging co-responsibility, discernment and participative decision-making.