Author Biography - Gary Smith S J

Gary Smith, SJ 

Gary Smith, SJ, a Jesuit priest of the Oregon Province, has lived among and ministered to the poor since 1969. He recently spent eight years living and working in the poverty-stricken Old Town section of Portland. He is currently working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Uganda. 

Articles by Gary Smith, SJ

  • Easter Vigil

    Gary Smith, SJ, shares his story of the Easter Vigil in the village of Oliji. Read his story, excerpted from They Come Back Singing.

  • African Gem

    African Gem is a story from Gary Smith’s They Come Back Singing. Read about one young woman’s journey for education.

  • The Living Presence of the Heart of God

    Fr. Gary Smith shares his story about serving the poor in the United States. Read his incredible story of service to the poor.

Books by Gary Smith, SJ

They Come Back Singing

Finding God with the Refugees

A moving account of a missionary in Africa. They Come Back Singing explores the question “what is most important in life” in an inspiring story of the connections Smith forged as a missionary to the refugees in Africa.

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Radical Compassion

Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor

Through touching stories, Fr. Smith chronicles his life and work among the homeless.

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