Marquette University News Release

Rwandan genocide survivor to keynote Marquette Mission Week

January 17, 2014

Week to focus on the art and practice of forgiveness

MILWAUKEE – Immaculée Ilibagiza, who was a 23-year-old engineering student when the Rwandan genocide began in 1994, will be the keynote speaker for Marquette University’s annual Mission Week, Feb. 2 – 7.

Mission Week 2014 The art and practice of forgiveness

Mission Week 2014, The art and practice of forgiveness, Feb. 2-7

Ilibagiza’s keynote, “Forgiving the Unforgivable,” will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. Her personal story of the Rwandan genocide reflects a depth of suffering beyond what most people will ever experience. Yet, in the midst of losing nearly everyone dear to her and being threatened to the point of death, she now stands as beacon of forgiveness of others.

Tickets are currently available to Marquette students, faculty and staff; limit two tickets per Marquette ID. Remaining tickets will be available to the public on Friday, Jan. 24. Tickets are distributed in the Alumni Memorial Union Brooks Lounge Monday through Friday from noon to 11:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 11:30 p.m.

Other major addresses include:

  • Monday, Rev. James Voiss, S.J., will draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives to think creatively about forgiveness.
  • Wednesday, Rabbi Abie Ingber, who will share his lessons from his lifelong commitment to interfaith dialogue.
  • Thursday, Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology at Marquette, who will address the profound ways race and ethnicity often divide people.

A full schedule of speakers and events is available online.

About Mission Week:

Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university’s Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission Week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.

This year’s theme, “The Art and Practice of Forgiveness,” invites the Marquette community to reflect on the ability forgive oneself and others after tragic events that affect one’s spiritual, psychological and social development in profound ways. Forgiveness is a part of Christian life and finds widespread expression in the teachings and rituals of the world’s major faiths.

The week will begin Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. with a Mass at the Church of the Gesu celebrated by Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president of mission and ministry.

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