Father Aloysious A. Mowe SJ has served as the International Director of Advocacy and Communications since May 2017.
Fr Mowe's first real memory of having a connection with the Jesuit Refugee Service was when, as a first-year Jesuit novice in Malaysia, he helped clean and furnish a flat for Australian Sisters of Mercy, one of whom was Sister Joan Campbell RSM, who were about to arrive in Kuala Lumpur to work in Sungei Besi refugee camp. He has since always associated the work of JRS with the many women religious who have played such a significant role in our service to refugees.
While studying theology in London he also assisted Bro. Bernard Eliot SJ in JRS UK at the weekend.
Fr Mowe started working in JRS Australia in October 2010, and was appointed Country Director there at the start of 2011, serving in that role until March 2017.
Fr Mowe entered the Society of Jesus in 1983, and was ordained a priest in 1996. He was a tutor in Classical Arabic and Islamic History at the University of Oxford's Oriental Institute, and worked as director of research at the Middle-Eastern Graduates Centre in Malaysia. He served as a weekend parish associate in a parish church outside Oxford, UK, for 8 years, and worked as a hospital chaplain in New York for 5 months.
Fr Mowe was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he gave lectures on Islamic Law, and became a regular contributor to media discussions about Islam. He graduated with a degree in Divinity from the University of London, and went on to study medieval theology, Islamic history, and Islamic law, at the University of Oxford. He also has degrees in philosophy and Arabic.