"Amazing People": A Lenten Retreat with Refugees, A presentation by Fr. Gary Smith, S.J. at Creighton University
Smith, Gary, S.J.
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Fr. Gary Smith, S.J. is the author of the books “They Come Back Singing: Finding God with the Refugees” (LoyolaPress, 2008, 248 pages) and “Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor” (LoyolaPress, 2009, 204 pages) From the publisher’s web site: In 2000, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, left a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest to become a missionary in Africa, where he lived among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. Among other reasons, he went to this dangerous, pitiless place to discover the answer to a deep question many of us ask: What is most Also important in life?They Come Back Singing is Smith’s inspiring journal of the deep connections he forged and the life-changing lessons he learned during his six years as a missionary in Africa. As he seeks the answer to his question, Smith is both a witness to and a teacher of how the Holy Spirit’s power provides the spiritual strength to move forward in even the most difficult circumstances. (From the “They come back singing)Also from the publisher’s web site:For more than 25 years, Gary Smith, SJ, has been helping the poor as he lives among them and ministers to their needs. In Radical Compassion, Smith chronicles his life and work in the poverty-stricken Old Town section of Portland, Oregon. These touching and often heart-breaking stories reveal the problems and issues facing the growing homeless population in our country. As we witness Smith helping the poor, we learn the lessons of love, forgiveness, and acceptance that have radically changed his heart—and can radically change ours, as well. (from “Radical Compassion”)