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Noted Author To Lead Marian Retreat At All Saints

Published January 17, 2013

All Saints Church will host “A Weekend With Immaculée,” a retreat to be led by Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, on Feb. 8-9.

Ilibagiza, New York Times best-selling author of “Left To Tell” and two other books, will speak about how she found forgiveness and hope through her harrowing experiences. She will also discuss the power of prayer and the rosary.

“I have spoken at many places, and one thing I always hear is how people wish they had more time with me to ask questions,” said Ilibagiza. The retreat is designed to give attendees the opportunity to meet and discuss the power of one’s faith in God with Ilibagiza.

“People’s faith needs to be vibrant,” she said.

Another focus of the retreat is for participants to strengthen their relationship with Mary, Ilibagiza said. During the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to consecrate themselves to Mary and pray the rosary in a large community setting. This consecration and devotion to Mary was a significant part of Ilibagiza’s journey and something she wants to share.

“God really wants the world to feel the heart of his mother,” she said.

Her devotion to Mary was strengthened by Our Lady of Kibeho, the name given to Mary through her apparitions to several adolescents in the 1980s in Kibeho in southwestern Rwanda. Ilibagiza will use the retreat to share the story of Kibeho.

The event begins Friday, Feb. 8, with two sessions, the first beginning at 4 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. Saturday will feature three sessions and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. A healing service is also planned.

The cost is $95 per person for both days. For groups of six or more, the cost is $75 per person. Students with a student ID will receive a $10 discount. Proceeds from the retreat will go to support Ilibagiza’s ministry as well as Rwandan orphanages, the Catholic Church in Rwanda and other ministries that Ilibagiza supports.

All Saints Church is located at 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody.

To register visit or call (404) 834-5208.