Immaculée Ilibagiza, survivor of the Rwandan genocide and author of seven books, will tell her story Thursday, Nov. 6, at St. Bridget Parish, River Falls.
Now a U.S. citizen, Ilibagiza was a 22-year-old student in 1994 when the Hutu tribe embarked on its mass slaughter of her tribe, the Tutsi. She sought refuge at the home of a Protestant Hutu minister, who hid Ilibagiza and seven other women in a tiny bathroom for 91 days. She prayed the rosary every day, a gift from her father, and came to forgive the perpetrators. She also taught herself English with a Bible and a dictionary; most of her family had been murdered by the time she emerged.
Ilibagiza’s books include “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust”; “Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide”; “The Rosary: The Prayer that Saved My Life”; and others.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. A rosary with Ilibagiza begins at 6 p.m., and books will be available during the 6:30 p.m. break. She will give her presentation at 7 p.m.; the evening ends with a book-signing.
For more information, call the St. Bridget parish office at 715-425-1870.
Singer/songwriter to perform in Hudson
A World Youth Day performer takes the stage at St. Patrick Parish, Hudson, for a concert and music ministry workshop, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26.
Catholic singer/songwriter and storyteller Jesse Manibusan will give a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. At 2 p.m., Oct. 26, he’ll lead a workshop for music directors, cantors, choir members and all involved in music ministry. The weekend concludes with a music and prayer celebration at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
A ministry leader and musician, Manibusan performs internationally at schools, churches, conferences, prisons and more. He and his wife, Jodi, founded 2 by 2 Ministries more than 25 years ago “to make a positive difference in the lives of young and old in and out of the Church; to affirm and inspire, encourage and empower, motivate and challenge each other to live in Christ.”
Freewill offerings will be taken. For information, call the church, 715-381-5125.
Benefit for Cameron woman
Friends and family are hosting a benefit dinner, Saturday, Nov. 1, for a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amery.
In August, a cyst was discovered in Jennifer Nelson’s brain. She underwent emergency surgery and doctors implanted a shunt; she is recovering.
The Barron Knights of Columbus are among organizations sponsoring the spaghetti dinner, raffle and live auction from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cameron Fire Hall, Cameron. Contact Tony Nelson, 715-641-0393, for information.