Pedro Arrupe was born in Bilbao on 14 November 1907.
On 14 November 1980, JRS, the Jesuit Refugee Service, was born in Rome. It is
no coincidence that these two events are linked. Father Pedro Arrupe is the
founder of JRS. He is the one who, as Superior General of the Jesuits, felt the
immense need of refugees who were seeking hospitality after being forced to
leave their country. He is the one who heard their cry and directed the Society
of Jesus towards the service of the forgotten of the world.
Father Arrupe did not know how long this new work
was going to last. He could not have imagined that the number of refugees would
continue to grow over the decades. But the impetus he gave to the Jesuit
Refugee Service was strong enough for the work to face humanitarian crises and
continue to serve, accompany and defend refugees in some fifty countries today.
This 14 November, let us unite in prayer in memory of
the visionary giant that Fr Pedro Arrupe was for the Church and the world. His
cause for beatification was introduced on 5 February 2019. The postulator, Fr.
Pascual Cebollada, continues to gather testimonies about our former Superior
General. These testimonies are either written by people who knew Pedro Arrupe
or collected in interviews for those who were closest to him during the various
periods of his life.