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Immaculée's Story
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ImmaculeeIn this Year of Faith, join us to hear Immaculée Ilibagiza tell her story of survival and forgiveness during the 1994 Rwandan Holocaust. She is one of the world's leading speakers on peace, faith and forgiveness, and has shared her universal message with world dignitaries, school children, multinational corporations, churches, media, and in numerous appearances.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in Seton Hall University's Jubilee Hall Auditorium. The event is free of charge, and open to the public. Immaculée's Story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, University Honors Program, the Department of the Core, the Department of Catholic Studies, Campus Ministry, the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership, and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies. For more information, visit, email, or call (973) 275-2525.

About the Speaker

Immaculée Ilibagiza is a living example of faith put into action. Immaculée's life was transformed dramatically during the 1994 Rwandan genocide where she and seven other women spent 91 days huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor's house. Immaculée entered the bathroom a vibrant, 115-pound university student with a loving family- she emerged weighing just 65 pounds to find most of her family had been brutally murdered.

Immaculée credits her salvage mostly to prayer and to a set of rosary beads given to her by her devout Catholic father prior to going into hiding. Anger and resentment about her situation were literally eating her alive and destroying her faith, but rather than succumbing to the rage that she felt, Immaculée instead turned to prayer.

Immaculée's first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (Hay House) was released in March of 2006. Left to Tell quickly became a New York Times best seller. To date it has been translated into fifteen languages worldwide. Immaculée's story has also been made into a documentary titled The Diary of Immaculée. She has appeared in numerous media including 60 Minutes, CNN, EWTN, The Aljazeera Network, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, and many other domestic and international outlets. She was recently featured in Michael Collopy's Architects of Peace project, which has honored legendary people like Mother Theresa, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

Immaculée has received honorary doctoral degrees from The University of Notre Dame, Saint John's University, and Walsh University. She has been recognized and honored with numerous humanitarian awards. 

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About the Center for Catholic Studies

Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the primary sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review and Arcadia, a student journal. As of Fall 2012, The Newman Association of America will be housed under the auspices of the Center for Catholic Studies.

For more information please contact:
Danute Nourse
(973) 275-2175


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