Edmund Rice England - Presence . Compassion . Liberation


Revive is a Spiritan charity providing social worker support, OISC regulated immigration advice, advocacy, and emergency
aid for asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester.

Typically service-users are from Afghanistan, Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Tibet.

Members of the Edmund Rice Network, help to run the Revive drop-in centre in Lower Kersal, Salford.

The stories of Charles Bianconi and John Thomas remind us of Edmund’s special compassion for ‘strangers in our midst’ Edmund Rice spirituality is a spirituality of
hospitality, welcoming the stranger as one who incarnates the presence of God in our lives.

‘Treat resident aliens as though they were native-born and love them as yourself, for you yourselves were once aliens in Egypt’
Leviticus 19. 34

‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’
Matthew 25.35

‘Love one another like brothers and sisters, and remember always to welcome strangers:
by doing this some people have entertained angels without knowing it’

Hebrews 13.1-2

‘Jesus came up and walked by their side, but something prevented them from recognising him’
Lk 24.13-35

‘Still Human Still Here’

Asylum seekers receive £35 a week and basic accommodation while UKBA considers their claims. However, 75% of asylum claims are rejected.

At this point ’failed’ asylum seekers are evicted, weekly benefit is terminated, and they
become totally destitute. Destitution is intended to drive them into returning home. Many are
genuine cases unable to prove their claim and wrongly categorized as ‘non-credible’. Rather
than return to political or religious persecution, ethnic or sexual violence, police brutality or
torture, failed asylum seekers remain in destitution in the UK. They lack the money, travel
documents, and proof of identity to return anyway. Thousands are consigned to a limbo
without home, identity, money, education, or work, deprived of human dignity and with no
possibility of a fulfilled life. Reporting regularly at designated Immigration Reporting
Centres, they are liable to detention and forced deportation.

What Does Revive Do?

Edmund Rice Network members, Brothers and lay:

Universal Periodic Review

Working with Brian Bond and Donal Leader of Edmund Rice International , and ‘United for Change’, a coalition of refugee support organisations in Manchester, Revive has co-ordinated a submission on the plight of asylum seekers for the 2012 Universal Periodic Review of the UK’s performance on issues of human rights. The submission provides a critique of the UK Government’s use of enforced destitution as a deliberate instrument of policy.

‘Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power, who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, excommunicated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world’

Thomas Merton: ‘Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander’


Supporting Refugees and People Seeking Asylum
187 Grey Mare Lane, Beswick, Manchester M11 3ND

Tel. 0161 2235668
Fax : 0161 2239195
Email: revive@googlemail.com

For more information contact Shelagh Lochery, Edmund Rice Network member

Email: ero.cfc@virgin.net


Prayer of Thanks for Blessed Edmund Rice

O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.