The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


Dispatch: When a Refugee Camp Is Better Than What You Left Behind …

Here are some stories you would not wish on your worst enemy, of people with whom we in fact share a worst enemy: the evil brought by man against man. [Read More...]

Dispatch: Refugees Show Hospitality To Us, Too

“This is a group of friends and family who all grew up together and, once they were adults, decided to live on the same street. And all hell broke loose. ISIS blew their dream to high heaven.” [Read More...]

Dispatch: Tea Helps Refugees Feel Human Again

There is an improvised wooden sign close to the entrance of the camp that says “Kara Tepe Square.” When I first arrived, it almost looked like dark-humored mockery, pretending that this bunch [Read More...]

Dispatch: Buying Underwear in Turkey Before the Coup

My trek from island to mainland with Atchison, Kansas, money in my pocket. [Read More...]

Dispatch: Dickens and the Refugees Lost at Sea

True: 99% of the mostly Syrian refugees who head to my camp by boat make it. But now I know what that 1% looks like. [Read More...]

Dispatch: At a Refugee Camp, Jesus Says ‘Feed Them Yourselves’

Sometimes a Gospel passage just rams into you. Other times you ram into it. This experience has been of the latter variety, the rarer of the two in my life. The Catholic [Read More...]

Dispatch: Imagine You Were a Mom in My Syrian Refugee Camp …

Try this one on for size. (That’s a pun, eventually; read on.) One of the most frustrating duties at the Kara Tepe camp for refugees on Lesbos is clothing distribution. It is [Read More...]

Dispatch: Ramadan in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Yesterday I handed out tea with a woman named Amina. If you haven’t had a good cry today, her story should take care of it. It was my first shift working for [Read More...]