This one sentence sums up the beauty of the Hospitalaris project of Migra Studium, a Jesuit work in Barcelona, Spain. This was how Marta Baylina described the richness of sharing her family life with a refugee. At the same time, she encouraged other families to join the project.
In a previous article, we presented the various ways in which the Migra Studium team is trying to help migrants and refugees in the Catalan capital. Inspired by the Jesuit Peter Claver (1580, Verdú, Catalonia – 1654, Cartagena, Colombia) and his commitment to enslaved Africans, the refugee apostolate extends evangelical care to persons who have passed through great hardships and who often still face marginalisation and rejection.
In the Migra Studium offices, we talked with three people who informed us about the work of the Hospitalaris network: Pilar Pavia Sala, a Religious of the Sacred Heart who is coordinator of the network; Aattaa Allah Marjani, a young Moroccan hosted by the network; and Marta Baylina Melé, a professor and mother whose family has hosted refugees.