A Morning with Immaculée
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The Aquinas Institute
1127 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613
Half-day programs are springing up around the country, and we're trying this new format with lower pricing, at only $25 per person. RCWC 2017 asks only four hours of your time for a faith-filled morning.
Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. She enjoyed a peaceful childhood with her loving parents and three brothers. Education was very important in her household, so it was no surprise that she did well in school and went on to the National University of Rwanda to study electrical and mechanical engineering. It was while she was home from school on Easter break in 1994 that Immaculée's life was transformed forever.
On April 6 of that year, the Rwandan President’s plane was shot down over the capital city of Kigali. This assassination of the Hutu president sparked months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members throughout the country. Not even small, rural communities like Immaculée’s were spared from the house-by-house slaughtering of men, women and children.
To protect his only daughter from rape and murder, Immaculée’s father told her to run to a local pastor’s house for protection. The pastor quickly sheltered Immaculée and seven other women in a hidden 3 x 4 foot bathroom. For the next 91 days, Immaculée and the other women huddled silently in this small room, while the genocide raged outside the home and throughout the country.
Men, women and children, including her entire family except for one of her brothers, were massacred at the hands of Hutu marauders. During those 91 days of unimaginable suffering, Immaculée found her faith, taught herself English, and most incredibly, committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness, even for those who had murdered her family.
After the genocide, Immaculée came face-to-face with the man who killed her mother and one of her brothers. After enduring months of physical, mental and spiritual suffering, Immaculée was still able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, "I forgive you."
In 1998, Immaculée emigrated from Rwanda to the United States where she continued her work for peace through the United Nations. Since then, she has received five honorary doctoral degrees, written seven books about her faith and her life journey, and is the recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.
Donor Recipient for RCWC 2017: Mary's Place
This year once again we are proud to support one of our local organizations that does wondrous work in the community. Mary's Place is a Refugee center where refugee families receive assistance, clothing, and empathy upon first arriving to Rochester. Many families arrive without anything except the clothes they have.
This year we are asking for the following household items that are both in new condition and "like new" condition:
- Kitchen Towels
- Kitchen Utensils
- Oven Gloves and Mitts
- Cookie Sheets
- Boxed Dish Sets
We appreciate all that you can bring and share.
Schedule of Events
|7:30 am||Doors Open / Registration|
|8:45 am||Welcoming Remarks / Mass with the Most Reverend Salvatore Matano Bishop of Rochester|
|9:45 am||Continental Breakfast|
|10:30 am||Immaculée Ilibagiza|
|12:30 pm||Book Signing & Refreshments|