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November 14 marks the date that Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, founded the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in 1980. Join JRS/USA as they recognize 40 years of service to refugees with the national virtual event “40 Years of Walking with Refugees” on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 5-6 PM Central.

JRS 40 years

The evening will recognize the work JRS has done over the last four decades, express their commitment to continuing to provide service to refugees, and honor those who’ve helped them along the way.

Featured Speaker Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and also appearances by:

The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Former US Secretary of State

Comedian Jim Gaffigan and Writer, Director, and Producer, Jeannie Gaffigan

Rev. James Martin, S.J., Esteemed Author and Editor

Katie Ledecky, Swimmer and Olympian

Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and Restaurateur

Heba Al Basha, JRS Lebanon, Country Director

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Immunologist and Director of the NIAID

Lual Mayen, JRS Education Recipient

Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Performances by Grammy Award Winner Isabel Leonard and refugee dance group Salama Africa.

Plus, a special message from His Holiness, Pope Francis read by JRS International Director, Fr. Tom Smolich, SJ.

To join the event and receive the link for viewing, please give a minimum gift of $100 to JRS/USA at

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