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.

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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Looking into the eyes of those who seek justice

15th October 2014

It is ironic that at a time of unprecedented global displacement, we have also witnessed the rise of what Pope Francis called “globalised indifference”.

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Confronting bigotry

15th October 2014

These last few weeks I have been wondering what it feels like to be a Muslim, or to appear vaguely “Middle Eastern”, in Australia.

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When the boats come in

28th March 2014

Thousands of people coming to this country to seek asylum are being treated as criminals, either locked up on Christmas Island while awaiting transportation to Australia’s new penal colonies in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, or sent back to the…

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Time to convert our conscience

13th March 2014

The notion that Australia is fulfilling its legal and moral obligations as a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention by resettling refugees from refugee camps overseas is built on a convenient misreading of that convention.

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Address to the UNHCR NGO consultations by the Director of JRS Australia, Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ

11th November 2013

Apart from our Community Detention program, there is only one cohort of asylum seekers in Sydney with whom JRS normally works directly: people who arrive by air, and have lodged protection claims.

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The View from Here

19th June 2012

“We are inhospitable only when we believe that we will never need another person’s hospitality. It is a great temptation to think that we will always be rich, or secure, or safe, or healthy. Any one of us, however high…

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