Waking up Ireland: Refugee Crisis
Thank you to all who came to our meeting at 8pm Wednesday 30th September
Our meeting on Wednesday evening was very well attended by parishioners, people who have had personal contact with refugees in recent times and invited representatives of various organisations who work with refugees. There is an impetus to help as a parish. This is very positive but there are many complex issues involved. We didn’t come up with a plan of action at the end of the evening but this was appropriate as it became clear that discerning our response as a parish would take more time. Having the high level of enthusiasm, expertise and experience available to share information at this gathering was invaluable. We can help in practical ways by supporting any of the agencies and groups involved either as a volunteer, fundraiser, making a donation etc. The response of the parish will take into consideration serious housing crisis in Ireland and the plight of asylum seekers living in direct provision accommodation.
There is much we can do starting now such as hearing the experience of those living in Direct Provision centres, opening our eyes to Irish families who live without homes.
There will be a follow up meeting at a later date.
Some further information can be found through the following links.
Irish Catholic Bishops' Statement
Irish Jesuit Province response to refugee crisis
Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland
Irish Jesuit Missions
Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
Irish Red Cross
Dublin Calais Refugee Solidarity
A Prayer for Refugees
Almighty and merciful God,
Whose Son became a refugee
And had no place to call his own;
Look with mercy on those who today
Are fleeing from danger,
Homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
Inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
And guide the nations of Europe towards that day
When all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.
For further information please
Contact: Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ
at (01) 707 3027 or