Date: October 4, 2018
Location: The Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Avenue, Detroit MI 48226
Since 2015, Fr. Thomas Smolich, SJ, has served as International Director for the Jesuit Refugee Service which was founded in 1980 by former Jesuit Superior General Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ. JRS accompanies, serves and advocates for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced people. Headquartered in Rome with ten regional offices around the world, the organization has more than 1,800 staff and volunteers, including 70 Jesuits, and serves upwards of 950,000 refugees per year. In addition to health and social services, JRS offers formal and informal instruction — from pre-school to vocational training to computer and language classes — to approximately 280,000 children, young people, and adults each year.
"JRS: The Society of Jesus' Response to Refugees"
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, founded the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in 1980 as a response to the Vietnamese boat people crisis. Almost 40 years later, JRS continues to accompany, serve and advocate for forcibly displaced people in 53 countries around the world. The talk and conversation will focus on JRS's work in reconciliation and education, its foundation in Ignatian spirituality, and what JRS means for people in the USA.