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 28, 2018) — This summer, the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits — the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church — is welcoming 27 new priests in the U.S., Canada and Haiti (a member of the Jesuits’ French Canada Province).
(Washington, D.C., June 21, 2018) – Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, Kino Border Initiative, the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities, and 11 Jesuit law schools strongly oppose the so-called “Zero Tolerance” policy of the Trump Administration, which reinforces the criminalization of migration and has already separated thousands of migrant families.
(Washington, D.C., March 13, 2018) — Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has named new rectors for the two Jesuit theology centers in the United States. Fr. Michael Boughton, SJ, will serve as rector of the Faber Jesuit Community at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (BCSTM), while Fr. Martin Connell, SJ, will serve as rector of the Jesuit Community at the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) of Santa Clara University.
(Washington, D.C., November 2, 2017) — Timed to coincide with the upcoming UN COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, Jesuits and lay collaborators from around the world will hold a series of events in Bonn to complement and amplify the talks taking place next week.
(Washington, D.C., October 4, 2017) — Today, on the Feast Day of St. Francis, the saint most identified with care for creation, two Jesuit organizations have partnered to produce what’s being called an Ecological Examen.
(Washington, D.C., September 5, 2017) — Dear Dreamers: We write on this difficult day to remind you of God’s love for you and to tell you that you are not alone. Across the U.S., Dreamers like yourself have graced classrooms in Jesuit schools — from the smallest among you to those now earning advanced degrees. You came to us for an education, you came for pastoral and spiritual guidance, and we welcomed you — not because of your nationality — but because you are our brothers and sisters in Christ. No government can tear that sacred bond.
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