JRS mission is bound by accompaniment

Accompaniment means we stand in solidarity with refugees says Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J., the Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. Without accompaniment, all of our service efforts, all of our advocacy efforts, fall flat.

Fr. Gavin relates the story of the stranger who appeared to two disciples of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Like the stranger, JRS tries to challenge those whom we accompany, to understand where there may be hope and solace.

"We try to open the Scripture of their life, the Word of God that lives within them," says Fr. Gavin.