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Rwandan priest and genocide survivor to visit Parramatta


Fr Emmanuel Nsengiyumva News Story
Fr Emmanuel is a constant support to fellow genocide survivors Edouard and Immaculée.

Rwandan priest Fr Emmanuel Nsengiyumva will visit the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta on Monday 19 May to share, as a survivor, his personal insight into the horrific 1994 Rwandan genocide and to promote Catholic Mission’s ‘Heal the broken-hearted’ appeal.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the genocide, Catholic Mission’s appeal focuses on the incredible work of the Catholic Church in Rwanda in helping people heal, forgive and unite following the genocide.

At a morning tea in St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Fr Emmanuel will speak about his role as a key facilitator of this remarkable healing process, and of the inspiration he has drawn from both God and those who have already found the strength and courage to forgive.

Fr Emmanuel was an 18-year-old seminarian when up to 1 million people were brutally massacred in the genocide.

Losing two of his brothers and seeing so much pain and confusion around him caused him to second-guess his calling.

However, thanks to the love of God, he was able to move forward in the difficult journey of healing and forgiveness, and re-enter the seminary 10 years later.

“When I became a priest, the effects of the genocide elevated me to a level of being one of the channels that God has to use to heal His people,” Fr Emmanuel said.

Catholic Mission’s Deputy National Director, Peter Gates, said Fr Emmanuel’s visit was greatly anticipated. “It is a rare privilege to welcome Fr Emmanuel to Australia to share his story with us,” Peter said.

“Most of us recall the horrific events of the genocide but many are unaware of the incredible process of reconciliation that is currently taking place, largely facilitated by the Catholic Church. It is very exciting to have Fr Emmanuel join us as we launch the ‘Heal the broken-hearted’ appeal, which highlights this transformation.

“Fr Emmanuel knows well the deep emotional wounds of his community, and the enormous challenge of forgiveness his people are faced with. He has been a strong proponent of unity in Rwanda, and his story of the past 20 years is truly remarkable.”


Monday 19 May, 10.15am for 10.30am start.


St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.

Everyone is welcome

RSVP Anita Lee - Ph: 029919 7800, E:

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