Statement from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. on Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees
For Immediate Release
(Washington, D.C., January 30, 2017) — As members of a global
religious order that works to form men and women of conscience and compassion,
we denounce the Trump Administration’s Executive Order suspending and barring
refugees and banning nationals of seven countries as an affront to our mission
and an assault on American and Christian values.
The Jesuits — through our work in high schools, colleges,
parishes and signature ministries such as Jesuit Refugee Service — have a long,
proud tradition of welcoming and accompanying refugees, regardless of their
religion, as they begin their new lives in the United States. We will continue
that work, defending and standing in solidarity with all children of God,
whether Muslim or Christian.
The world is deeply troubled, and many of our brothers and
sisters are justifiably terrified. Our Catholic and Jesuit identity calls us to
welcome the stranger and to approach different faith traditions and cultures
with openness and understanding. We must not give in to fear. We must continue
to defend human rights and religious liberty. As Pope Francis said, “You cannot
be a Christian without living like a Christian.”
About the Society of
Jesus in Canada and the United States
Founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola, the Society of
Jesus (Jesuits) is the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman
Catholic Church. Jesuit priests and brothers are involved in educational,
pastoral and spiritual ministries around the world, practicing a faith that
promotes justice. In Canada and the United States, there are 30 Jesuit colleges
and 80 pre-secondary and secondary schools with a shared goal of developing
competent, compassionate and committed leaders in the service of the Church and
society. Jesuits minister in parishes and at retreat houses and serve as
chaplains at prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and in the military. In Canada
and the U.S., the Jesuits are represented by the Jesuit Conference of Canada
and the United States, headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information
on the Society of Jesus, visit http://www.jesuits.org.
(Washington, D.C., June 22, 2017) — This summer, the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits — the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church — will welcome 29 new priests in the U.S., Canada and Haiti (a member of the Jesuits’ French Canada Province).
(Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017) — The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN) has announced that Jesuit Father William Blazek will become its U.S. national director next month, succeeding current director Jesuit Father James Kubicki. Founded as the Apostleship of Prayer and recently renamed by Pope Francis, the network communicates the pope’s monthly intentions to 50 million members in 89 countries, seeking to mobilize people in prayer and action. Its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement, is present in 56 countries.
(Washington, D.C., February 22, 2017) — The Jesuits of the U.S., together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, are deeply concerned by the recent decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline.
(Rome, Italy, September 30, 2016) — 215 Jesuits from 62 countries — among them 29 Americans — will elect a replacement for Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, 80, who has announced his intention to resign.
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