Oratory Prep Hosts Immaculee Ilibagiza
Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 4:35pm
Robert Costello, Head of Oratory Prep School, announced that Immaculee Ilibagiza, survivor of the Rwanda Genocide, Author of Left to Tell, and winner of numerous humanitarian awards will be speaking about her experiences at Oratory Prep School on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm.
“We are extremely honored and humbled to present Immaculée Ilibagiza, a renowned author and one of the world’s leading speakers on peace, faith, and forgiveness, to the Summit Community said Costello. Her story is an example of faith put into action. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Immaculée’s life was transformed dramatically when she and seven other women spent 91 days huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house. When Immaculée emerged she weighed only 65 pounds and found that most of her family had been brutally murdered.
Four years after the Rwandan tragedy, Immaculée immigrated to the United States and began working for the United Nations in New York City. She has since established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help others heal from the long-term effects of genocide and war.
The general public is invited to hear her amazing journey to overcome her anger, rage and diminishing faith. The talk will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Oratory Gymnasium. Following her presentation, Immaculée will be available for a book signing. Books and merchandise can be purchased that evening.
Oratory Preparatory School is a Catholic School for boys in grades 7 through 12. Oratory offers a rigorous education to prepare its students for college, a strong athletic program and a wide variety of clubs and extra curricular activities. Families choose Oratory because they appreciate the small, tightly-knit community with a strong tradition of spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and community service.
Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Rwanda. Her life transformed dramatically in 1994 during the Rwanda genocide when she and seven other women huddled silently together in a cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days! During this horrific ordeal, Immaculée lost most of her family, but she survived to share the story and her miraculous transition into forgiveness and a profound relationship with God.