Relator to the United Nations
on the rights of Displaced persons
Attending the JRS Administrative Council in person in
Rome for the first time gave me the opportunity to inter-act and engage, in
dynamic and thoughtful ways, in current discussions and reflections on how JRS
can strengthen its fulfilment of the Jesuit mission of service of faith and the
promotion of justice. These three days enabled me to see how the difficult, but
necessary, accompaniment of refugees and internally displaced persons is still
possible in the current times, how we can further pursue, organisationally, the
spiritual vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola to help others and seek God in all
I am likewise grateful for this opportunity of
imbibing the spirit of kindness and hospitality in Rome, which is the same
spirit of kindness and hospitality that we extend, through the JRS programmes,
to refugees and internally displaced persons wherever they may be.
Regional Director, East Africa
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) meetings are opportunities for us to
discuss strategic issues of the organisation and make decisions about how we
want to move forward. A couple of moment have been striking for me: 1) the
meetings with the Administrative Council (AC) and 2) Fr. General’s address to
With the Administrative Council, we talked about our Strategic Framework
and Global Sustainability plans and agreed on the way forward in these areas.
The striking and laudable moment here is having these two highest bodies of the
organisation coming together and discussing matters of highest importance.
Fr. General challenged us to think about what kind of organisation we
want to be in responding to today’s needs, taking into consideration the
complexity of the mission of accompanying forcibly displaced people. He also
encouraged us to deepen our collaboration since, without it, we cannot do
For me as Regional Director, these discussions, sharing of ideas and strategizing
in the fulfilment of our mission and vision are very helpful as they are an
opportunity of formation to help better the people we serve.