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Genocide survivor to lead retreat at Holy Trinity

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HARTINGTON — Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor and New York times bestselling author of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide” is scheduled to lead a twoday retreat at Holy Trinity Church, Hartington, April 3-4.

Immaculée’s incredible story is one of faith, hope, love and forgiveness. She not only survived the genocide by hiding in a cramped bathroom with seven other women, but she was also able to forgive her tormentors and her family’s murderers. In only 100 days members of the Hutu tribe in Rwanda slaughtered 800,000 Tutsis using only spears, clubs and machetes. Few Tutsis survived and Immaculée was one of the few.

She credits her salvage to prayer and set of rosary beads given to her by her devout Catholic Father. Anger and resentment were eating her alive while she hid from the murderers in the bathroom. Instead of succumbing to the rage she felt, she instead turned to prayer.

You can reserve a spot for this retreat to be led by this remarkable Catholic woman by getting tickets now.

The retreat is April 3, 5-9 p.m., and, April 4, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Holy Trinity Church, Hartington. This is the weekend of Palm Sunday.

For more information or to get tickets contact Susan Kathol, 402-841-2079,, or Jan Arens, 402-841-7202,