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.

A Crisis of Solidarity

30th November 2016

The Christmas story is steeped in irony. The shepherds who work on the edges of the city move to the centre of the world when they become the recipients of the angelic message. The Magi seeking a King are sent to see a newborn baby. The vulnerable child is in fact the Lord of the universe.

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Who is my neighbour?

9th November 2016

“We decide who is coming here.” Malcolm Turnbull must have been hoping to gain both the conservative chops and the electoral success of former Prime Minister John Howard when he uttered these words in defence of his plans to ban asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia on boats from ever entering Australia. It was Howard of course who perfected the art of dog-whistle politics when he said in 2001 that “we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.”

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Stopping the Boats – A False Dichotomy

25th August 2016

In the wake of the latest reports detailing the abhorrent conditions on Nauru and the recent announcement that the offshore processing centre on Manus Island will finally be closed, a shift has taken place in the public debate on the efficacy of offshore processing.

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Easter brings hope and peace

23rd March 2016

Let us pray this Easter that the God of mercy will roll away the rock that blocks up the hearts and minds of our policy-makers and political leaders.

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The other in our midst

11th December 2015

Her wit and her tenacity, born of love and desperation, wins Jesus over: her daughter is saved.

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Denying asylum seekers a fair go

14th September 2015

Australia has therefore put itself at risk of breaching the principle of non-refoulement, simply by transferring asylum seekers to PNG in the first place: by transferring asylum seekers to a country where it knows due process cannot be guaranteed, Australia takes on legal and moral responsibility for any harm that might befall those asylum seekers.

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Quantum potes, tantum aude – As much as you can do, so much dare to do.

20th August 2015

The voice of the Church, in the person of Pope Francis, is clear. To close the door to asylum seekers is to commit a sin that needs forgiveness.

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Solidarity: a graceful dance

28th May 2015

Australia has played maritime billiards with these human beings, potting them into holes where, the government hopes, they will be out of Australia’s sight, and out of Australia’s mind. This past week I have been looking at photograph after photograph…

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What are the limits of our generosity?

24th February 2015

The findings of the Commission’s experts were stark and unequivocal: prolonged and mandatory detention of asylum seeker children in the last ten years, under both Labor and Coalition governments, has resulted in “significant mental and physical illness, and developmental delays, in breach of Australia’s international obligations”.

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JRS urges generosity in the face of despair

2nd December 2014

The new JRS centre in Parramatta, Arrupe Place, is intended to be a focal point of service and accompaniment for vulnerable asylum seekers in the community.

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