New York Times Best-Selling Author, Advocate Immaculée Ilibagiza to Speak at Sacred Heart Schools
Posted 09/07/2017 11:09AM

Sacred Heart Schools is pleased to present an evening with author and advocate Immaculée Ilibagiza on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ursuline Arts Center, bldg. #5, on the Ursuline Campus at 3177 Lexington Rd. Ms. Ilibagiza will share her inspirational story of faith and survival as described in her New York Times best seller, Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. This is a ticketed event open to the public.

On the following morning of Thursday, October 5, Immaculée will share her story with Sacred Heart Academy students, faculty and staff.

Following both events, Ilibagiza will sign copies of her book.

Ilibagiza's visit to the Ursuline Campus stems from a cross-curricular study of her book. Over the summer, SHA students and faculty read the book, and special discussions and activities are planned throughout the school year that touch on major themes presented in, Left to Tell. Social studies, English and math, among other subjects, will cover topics related to Immaculée Ilibagiza's story. Debbie Hudson, a SHA English faculty member, oversaw the summer reading initiative and the planning of the year's programming.

"We hear how Immaculée Ilibagiza's bravery, faith and compassion propel her to not only survive one of the worst genocides in modern history, but to emerge as a woman defined by her strong heart and brave soul," Hudson explains. "As Valkyries, strong women of great faith, we look to Immaculée as a model of how to live out our faith as we seek an end to oppression and injustice in our world."

General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at, with a maximum of eleven tickets per transaction. The event is anticipated to sell out, but any remaining tickets will be sold at the door prior to the event for $15 each. Books and rosaries will be available for purchase prior to and following the public event.

Immaculée Ilibagiza'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 seventeen languages and has sold over two million copies. Immaculée's story has also been made into a documentary entitled The Diary of Immaculée. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, The CBS Early Show, CNN, EWTN, CBS Evening News, The Aljazeera Network as well as in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, and many other domestic and international publications. She was recently featured in Michael Collopy's Architects of Peace project, which has honored legendary people like Mother Teresa, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

Today, Immaculée is regarded as one of world's leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness. She has shared this universal message with world leaders, school children, multinational corporations, churches, and at events and conferences around the world, including a recent presentation to over 200,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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