News
Syrian Refugee Family Finally Makes it into Holy Trinity’s Care

The parishioners of Holy Trinity Church in Washington, D.C., had a mission—help get a refugee family of eight from Syria into their care. They have been working diligently to get the family assigned to their parish, accepted through the vetting process, and into the United States. After six months of planning and paperwork, the recent travel ban had once again put things on hold. Leading prayer vigils and pilgrimages throughout their parish community and the city of Washington, Holy Trinity and its school went on the march, hoping to finally bring this family away from a life of hell and into a new life of hope.


Pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Kevin Gillespie, SJ, leads a prayer service for the parish's efforts to help a Syrian refugee family.

Their efforts did not go unnoticed. Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, covered their plight in an article for the National Catholic Reporter, and the Catholic Standard for the Archdiocese of Washington ran an article on Holy Trinity's school hosting a prayer service and pilgrimage. Yahoo News even picked up the story.

With the travel ban from Syria lifted for now, the family was finally able to make their journey to the U.S., arriving in Washington D.C. late at night on February 16 after 30 hours of travel. Parishioners from Holy Trinity were there to greet them, recounting that it was a very emotional experience for everyone. The family was so grateful for all that this Jesuit parish had done to make their exodus possible.





Recent News

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, seven Jesuit novices from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Society of Jesus.

In honor of the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, we have assembled a list of excerpts from just a few of his 7,000 letters. Read about the saint’s timeless insights on encouragement, poverty and prayer.

Fr. John J. Coll, SJ, a former pastoral minister at Wheeling Jesuit University and an associate pastor at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh, has died at 91.

Teens at St. Peter Church in Charlotte, NC, spent a week of their summer break helping others and finding God in all people.

The Campaign for Hospitality aims to build a greater culture of welcoming and compassion for those who migrate to the U.S. and Canada.

July 5, 2017 -- JESUITS Magazine, the magazine of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces won a 2017 Catholic Press Association (CPA) award (Second place) in the Best Religious Order Magazine category.

Father General has appointed Fr. James J. Fleming, SJ, as the next Rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community.

view all news

Search news

Publications

JESUITS Magazine: Summer 2017

JESUITS Magazine: Spring 2017

JESUITS Magazine: Fall/Winter 2016



Ignatius House Retreat Center
For almost 50 years, the Ignatius House Retreat Center has been open to individuals of all faiths seeking a closer relationship with God.