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Refugee Week Retreat

Central to Ignatian Spirituality is the belief that our relationship with God extends to everyday life; that we meet God in the most ordinary of human experiences as well as the extraordinary; and that what we know as times of 'prayer' are times of deepening awareness of the God who is all around us and the relationship that fills all of life.

The core Ignatian prayer then is the Examen - the prayer of looking back over life and 'noticing' God in it.

This series of prayer times is an attempt to make this experience of Ignatian 'retreat' possible for the Pray-as-you-go format. This three day 'retreat' has six prayer times, designed to fit into your day as Pray-as-you-go does: two for each day (preferably morning and evening). This is something of a retreat-as-you-go.

In the very best and the very worst of human life God is at work. Every meeting has within it an invitation to deepening relationship with God. This retreat is a time of looking, of 'noticing' what God is doing with us through the realities of our world.

The reality that is forced migration is a painful example of a world scarred by a refusal to be open to God's invitation to love, in and through God's people. But even in this painfully scarred place, perhaps especially there, God is at work in the lives and stories of those caught in the midst of it- and is at work too through this in all of those who stop to take notice of God's people.

So take these times to look, and notice perhaps the hand of God in others' lives that might also show God's hand in yours. 

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Day 1 - Part 1


Day 1 - Part 2


Day 2 - Part 1


Day 2 - Part 2


Day 3 - Part 1


Day 3 - Part 2

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Music Details

Part One

Ngaza Ngambona sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo from Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Favourites. Copyright © Wrasse Records.   Used with permission.

Part Two

In God Alone by Margaret Rizza from Light in Our Darkness. Copyright © Kevin Mayhew Ltd.  Used with permission.


Part Three

Antienne: Béni Soit Le Christ & Psaume 114-115 from Office du Dimanche I. Sung by the monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa, Senegal. Copyright © Abbaye de Keur Moussa.  Permission applied for.

Hol for solo kora from Quand Renaît le Matin. Played by the monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa, Senegal. Copyright © Abbaye de Keur Moussa.  Permission applied for.


Louise Zanre, former Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, writes for Thinking Faith on why a change in popular opinion about refugees is needed now more than ever. Read more >>>


Bandi Mbubi, who came to the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo as an asylum seeker twenty years ago, tells his story to Thinking Faith. Bandi describes how the Jesuit Refugee Service were able to ‘accompany, serve and defend’ him when he was detained upon his arrival in the UK, and how he has been inspired to do the same for others. Read more >>>


Amaya Valcarcel, Jesuit Refugee Service International Advocacy Coordinator, considers the aptness of the law to deal with forced displacement today. Read more >>>