Danielle Vella is Director of Reconciliation Programs for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international humanitarian organization that serves refugees in more than 50 countries worldwide. A journalist, Danielle has also served as publications coordinator for JRS, and has written extensively about the experiences of refugees struggling to find a new life and future. Her work includes Journeys of Hope – Stories of refugees on the way to Europe (JRS Europe, 2016); Rescued, What’s next? – Protection seekers stranded in Sicily (JRS Europe, 2015); and Beyond Imagination – Asylum seekers testify to life in Libya (JRS Malta, 2014). One of Danielle’s most recent projects was writing Dying to Live: Stories from Refugees on the Road to Freedom, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield in February 2020. To interview refugees to share their stories, Danielle travelled extensively in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. Her work has taken her to remote refugee camps, to land borders, to the seashore where migrant boats arrive, to immigration detention centres, and even to war zones



June 20, 2021

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ultimately, however, they hope not only in the mercy and compassion of God Almighty but also in the mercy and compassion of their fellow human beings. It is this hope that propels them to go on those boats, to risk dying to live.

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