News Detail
Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that its country director, Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar, was abducted by a group of unidentified men in western Afghanistan.
Jesuit Refugee Service Director Kidnapped in Afghanistan

June 3, 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) confirms that in the afternoon of June 2, its country director Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar, 47, was abducted by a group of unidentified men in western Afghanistan.

"We are deeply shocked by Prem's abduction. We are in contact with all the relevant authorities and doing everything possible to ensure his safe and speedy return. Meanwhile, our prayers are with Prem and his family and friends at this difficult time,” said Jesuit Father Peter Balleis, Jesuit Refugee Service's International Director.

Fr. Kumar, an Indian national, had accompanied teachers on a visit to a JRS-supported school for the returnee refugees in Sohadat village, about 15 miles from the city of Herat. He was kidnapped from the school as he was about to return to Herat. 

Before moving to Afghanistan four years ago, Fr. Kumar had worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service, serving Sri Lankan refugees living in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is presently the JRS Afghanistan Director.

JRS has been working in Afghanistan since 2008 accompanying returnees home from exile in Iran and Pakistan and providing education and health care services in Bamiyan, Kabul and Herat. In 2013, more than 6,000 disadvantaged people from disadvantaged communities benefited from these services.

In order to facilitate the rapid and safe return of Fr. Kumar, Jesuit Refugee Service will not be making further statements on the situation for the moment. [Source: Jesuit Refugee Service USA]


Recent News

July 18, 2014 — More than 1,200 graduates of Jesuit schools are calling on fellow alumni in the U.S. House of Representatives to act on fair immigration reform.

July 16, 2014 — Pope Francis recently sent a message of hope to a group of prisoners who are serving life sentences without parole for crimes they committed as children.

July 14, 2014 — Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has been awarded the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society.

July 11, 2014 — The Vatican Observatory Summer School brings together young astronomers from countries as varied as Burkina Faso, Mexico and Iran to study the stars for four weeks every other summer.

July 9, 2014 — Jesuit Father Greg Boyle has been recognized by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his Los Angeles-based gang intervention program, Homeboy Industries.

July 7, 2014 — A new Boston College study found men who pursue vocations to the priesthood are more likely to have attended a Catholic college.

July 4, 2014 — For newly-ordained Jesuit Father Mario Powell, a Pope Francis Jesuit is one who embodies a “back-to-basics Christianity.”

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 7/7/14

America - 6/23/14

America - 6/9/14



Jesuit Spirituality Center
Situated on 900 acres of farmland, the Jesuit Spirituality Center at Grand Coteau provides a quiet environment for those seeking God through the Spiritual Exercises.