The Hurtado Jesuit Centre is a place of welcome and community in Wapping, East London. At the Centre, we want to create a place where people from the neighbourhood can find spiritual companionship through conversation and practical support. The Centre is the home to the Jesuit Refugee Service, which works with destitute refugees. A community of Jesuits from all over the world live at the Centre; some studying for the priesthood and working in local parishes.
Our programme includes reflection sessions on issues of social justice, reflected on in the light of social teaching, prayer and retreat times and activities that bring together people of different faiths and cultures from our local community, to help build a more caring society. The Centre also makes the space available for local community groups to meet and pursue their own programmes.
What we do is underpinned by the ethos of caring for the whole person. This springs from the Ignatian ideal of ‘finding God in all things’; in every person, every place and every situation.
The Centre’s patron is St Alberto Hurtado (1901-1952), a Jesuit priest, journalist and intellectual from Chile who championed the needs of homeless children and the poor.