Directors Letters

Director’s Letters

Aloysious Mowe SJ has been the Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia since 2011, and serves on the Board of Jesuit Mission Australia. He is a member of the Malaysia-Singapore Region of the Society of Jesus. Aloysious was ordained priest in 1996. His main academic research has been in the area of Islamic history and law. He has taught Islamic history and Arabic at the University of Oxford and has lectured in Islamic law at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

COVID-19 Winter Appeal: Help refugees and people seeking asylum

1st June 2020

Dear friends and supporters,  Our thoughts and prayers have been with each of you during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you again for your solidarity with the people we serve.  The impacts of COVID-19 on refugees and people seeking asylum. Coronavirus…

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Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia to serve refugees and people seeking asylum in need during the COVID-19 pandemic

23rd March 2020

The situation at our JRS centres in Western Sydney: COVID-19  is having significant impacts on the Australian community: on physical health, on social connectedness and mental health, and livelihoods. We share in the pain and anxiety that this is causing…

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First ever Global Refugee Forum!

20th December 2019

Late 2019 saw the first ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF) held in Geneva. Carolina Gottardo, JRS Australia Director attended this historic event. The GRF was a large-scale event, with approximately 3,000 delegates from diverse sectors and regions, including leaders with…

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Carolina’s Christmas message.

17th December 2019

Carolina Gottardo is the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia. JRS is dedicated to accompanying, serving and advocating for the dignified living of people seeking asylum and refugees. This Director’s Letter appears in the Christmas 2019 edition of…

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Allies keeping faith despite Medevac blow

13th December 2019

Carolina Gottardo and Nishadh Rego are Director and Policy and Advocacy Coordinator respectively for Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. This article originally featured in Eureka Street, 12 December 2019. It is Wednesday 4 December 2019. Close to a hundred Sydney-siders gather…

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Christmas Appeal 2019

26th November 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters, December is here and with it all the joy of Christmas, holiday decorations, gifts under trees and gatherings with family and friends. But for many refugees and people seeking asylum, Christmas is a time of sorrow….

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The Dire Situation in Port Moresby, What We Can Do Together.

11th November 2019

Dear Friends, My name is Carolina Gottardo and I am the Co-Convenor for the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) and the Director of JRS Australia. Last week, I was part of a Catholic delegation of Catholic leaders that…

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The Compacts

8th October 2019

This article appears in our upcoming special advocacy edition of Link. 2019. This year has been busy with regional and international advocacy work. In April 2019, JRS Australia joined the Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference (JCAP) Migration Network on a Forum…

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Spring Appeal 2019

4th October 2019

I am writing to thank everyone who supported our latest Winter Appeal. With the help of people like you, JRS has become one of the main providers for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. Each year we serve thousands…

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New Call from the Society of Jesus to support JRS.

2nd October 2019

In May 2019, Father Arturo Sosa, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, renewed the Jesuit Society’s commitment to JRS. In a letter entitled “Renewed Commitment of the Jesuit Refugee Service” that was addressed “To the Whole Society of…

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