Assisting Refugee Resettlement Using Parish Energies


Named for Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the founder of the Jesuit Refugee Service, the ARRUPE Group at St Ignatius Parish focuses on providing assistance to refugee families being resettled in Massachusetts. It does this by providing:

  • household goods to furnish apartments for arriving refugee families;
  • mentoring for refugees after arrival;
  • assistance to refugees after resettlement;
  • refugee awareness sessions: presentations and/or films about refugee issues
  • information resources to parishioners interested in refugee issues

ARRUPE works closely with the Outreach Commission in the parish, which also arranges donations of clothing and other items to the refugee community here in Massachusetts and has also provided Christmas gifts for refugee families.

The United Nations defines a refugee as:

"A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.."

We cooperate with Catholic Charities of Boston, which has a contract with the federal government to resettle refugees in this area. Persons in refugee status have been lawfully admitted to the United States. In recent years over 25% of the refuges admitted to the U.S. by the federal government have been resettled by the Catholic Church.

Whether you want to be a regular member or you only have time to sign up for a single one of our events, you are welcome at ARRUPE. We have a need for volunteers to assist with any one of the following:

  • Savvy shoppers: to do shopping to welcome arriving refugees,
  • Energetic people: for delivery and setup of apartments for arriving refugee families
  • Mentors: to help orient refugee families to life in the Boston area during their first months in Massachusetts
  • Artists/Media experts: help us to make posters or presentations for our refugee awareness sessions
  • If you can help refugees in a way we haven't thought of, let us know!


A prayer for refugees and migrants
Compassionate God, make your loving presence felt to refugees and migrants, torn from home, family and everything familiar. Warm, especially, the hearts of the young, the old, and the most vulnerable among them. Help them know that you accompany them as you accompanied Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their exile to Egypt. Lead refugees and migrants to a new home and a new hope, as you led the Holy Family to their new home in Nazareth. Open our hearts to receive them as our sisters and brothers in whose face we see your son, Jesus. Amen.

Painting by Giotto (original fresco), SimonP (image from PD), Trelawnie (excerpt) (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons

Interested in getting more information? Please e-mail Joan Engler or Jane Devlin.

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