Part of the accommodation allocated for the refugee family at Loyola House
Communities of hospitality
Communities of Hospitality is a project run by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS Malta) where JRS will work with 8-10 Christian communities/religious congregations to create a ‘community of hospitality’ by welcoming and supporting one or more refugees in need, and providing hospitality - which could include accommodation - friendship and support.
A refugee family already hosted at Loyola House as part of Communities of Hospitality project
In response to the appeals made by Pope Francis and Fr General, a few months ago Fr Provincial approached Loyola House community with the suggestion that we host a refugee family on our premises. After careful consideration and consultation the community was ready to respond positively to this need.
On the 6th January a refugee family from Ethiopia was welcomed to live in Loyola House. This is a Muslim family with three very young children who have refugee status and who have been recently reunited in Malta.
This hosting is part of an integration programme that JRS is running for refugees who have opted for permanent resettlement in Malta. The initial hosting period will be for one year, renewable for subsequent years if necessary.
They will be living in the part of the house known as Montserrat. Respectable living quarters have been refurbished and prepared for their use thanks to the energetic efforts of Br Frank Borg on the part of the community. Br Saviour Mifsud together with JRS personnel helped furnish and prepare the apartment where the refugee family will be residing. Montserrat will still be open for use by groups for recollections or meetings. The family met the community over lunch just before Christmas and they have been heartily welcomed by one and all. For this year’s Christmas get-together our employees and their families generously offered food, hampers and household supplies as a gift for them.
The family will be followed and supported by a JRS social worker, Sara Giusti, whilst the community will pay for running expenses and utilities. Otherwise they will be self-supporting and autonomous.
On the part of Loyola House community this is truly an enriching experience. Apart from offering our witness through the concrete support for refugees, having children as part of our household will surely be a source of more life and liveliness at Loyola House.
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