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IHO Mary Catholic Church to host lecture April 5, 6 featuring Immaculee Illibagiza

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will host guest speaker Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Left to Tell” on April 5 and April 6.

When the Rwandan genocide began in 1994, Immaculee’s father sent her to hide in the home of a local pastor.

Huddled in a 3-foot by 4-foot bathroom with seven other women for three months, they were unable to speak to each other lest they be heard.

They had to take turns standing up in the cramped space.

Turning to prayer to escape the anger, resentment and hate that was building up within her, Immaculee found a peace, hope and faith so profound that after the destruction she was able to face the man who killed her mother and brother and forgive him.

More than just a talk of her experiences, this weekend retreat offers an opportunity during Lent to all seeking hope, peace and forgiveness.

The talks will be from 5-8 p.m. April 5 in the IHM Parish Hall at 3700 Canyon Road. A light dinner will be served.

On April 6, the talks will be from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast.

Mass will be offered at the main church at 8 a.m. for those wishing to attend.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. $57 for a single ticket or $76 for one plus a guest.

They can be purchased in the main parish office at IHM or online at immaculee.com.