April 8, 2015 - The McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College will sponsor a free public lecture,  “Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS): Easing Suffering and Offering Hope in Syria and the Middle East,” following the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 19, in the Chapel of Christ the King, corner of N. Franklin and West Jackson streets.  The Fr. Michael Zammit, S.J., JRS Regional Director for the Mideast and North Africa, and Fr. Nawras Sammour, S.J, JRS National Director for Syria will address the mission of the JRS in the Middle East, which includes easing suffering and offering hope to all communities in the midst of a deepening humanitarian crisis.

Fr. Michael and Fr. Sammour will give personal testimony to the challenges of meeting the basic human needs of the most vulnerable people in a dangerous and often chaotic environment. They will share the inspiration they derive from the example of those Syrians who risk so much to help others, and the communities who open their hearts to provide refuge to the stranger. They will also comment on the present state of the international response, and prospects for the future.

Free parking is available in the Holy Cross Lot which is accessed from either Union Street or the cul-de-sac on Franklin Street. Refreshments and a fundraiser will be held in the Moreau Auditorium of the Chapel after the presentation. For more information please contact, Dr. Benard Prusak Director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility located at King’s College at 570-208-5689. For more information on the JRS you can refer to www.jrsusa.org.