May Rodríguez works at Pueblos Unidos, partner of the Jesuit Migrant Service in Madrid, Spain
Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?
The work SJM does goes far beyond assistance or care to those in need. It has been like this since the very beginning. Our work has an apostolic dimension: we walk with the excluded, we adopt their sufferings and their claims for justice. Our work is an encounter and a dialogue in which we learn to see the world from the eyes of the oppressed and the forgotten.
How does your work/activity contribute to JRS mission?
I am coordinating all housing projects in SJM Madrid (Pueblos Unidos), which is a great pleasure. These projects answer to different types of welcoming for different realities, but all are based on the same criteria: building bridges between civil society and those in need (migrants, refugees…). I also coordinate spaces of local community encounters, meeting the “other”, the “stranger”, which is like going out and meet God resurrected.
What does JRS mean to you?
To me, JRS represents an opportunity to carry on our mission and apostolate. It is a wonderful chance to truly live faith in God in a clear and decisive way. It is a daily way to denature and see myself integrated with the other , giving my all . It means mission.