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Rwanda Team Visits Our Lady of Kibeho

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The Mercy Shrine in Kibeho, Rwanda

Renewal Ministries recently sent a mission team to Rwanda, led by Country Coordinators Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw. The team’s time with Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga was featured in our April newsletter, which you can view here. Below, you can read about another beautiful aspect of the trip—celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Kibeho with Immaculee Ilibagiza.

By Lloyd Greenhaw

Our team was blessed to conclude our time in Rwanda by being in Kibeho for the celebration of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Kibeho, the name given to Marian apparitions that many believe foretold the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Our team met with Fr. Ubald there, and he greeted us with great joy and thanksgiving.

It was no coincidence that anniversary happened while we were there. She is the Mother of the Word, and we should ask her to plant the Word deep within us; to transform us; and to ask that it flow from us like a river of living water, watering the parched land, and bringing forth new life in Christ Jesus our Lord!

In addition to Fr. Ubald, we joined Dr. Francois, the national chairman of the Charismatic Renewal, and Immaculee Ilibagiza, who had brought a large group from the USA. Immaculee and Katsey were old friends, and it was through her that we got rooms in Kibeho, since up to 20,000 people were there. Father said Mass for Immaculee’s group and us the night before the anniversary, and afterwards we went to the shrine and watched the various nations dance and sing in honor of our Lady. It was beautiful.

The next day, we got to the apparition site early for the special Mass for Our Lady of Kibeho. Immaculee had reserved seats down front, and we were invited to join them. While I watched over the seats, Nancy took the many petitions people had sent us and put them in the intention basket and prayed for each of them. They were prayed over multiple times in following days. There was a special air of anticipation over the whole venue, and even though there were thousands of people, the crowd was polite and calm. It was a huge joy to be there! We all felt there was a special commissioning that day and that the Lord was sending us out as Ambassadors of the Word, with the blessing and the protection of Our Queen.

That evening, we returned to Kigali, which had been our “home” throughout most of the mission, and prepared for the journey home. Looking at the team, our sessions’ participants, and our trip to Kibeho, I believe this trip that will bear much fruit. There were many testimonies of freedom and healing from our sessions. A new day has dawned and we are excited to be part of it. Thanks for letting us serve!

God Bless Bishop Scott McCaig!

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By Ralph Martin

I just returned from Ottawa, where Fr. Scott McCaig, the general moderator of the Companions of the Cross, was ordained as a bishop for the Military Ordinariate of Canada. As many of you know, Bishop Scott is on Renewal Ministries’s Canadian Board of Directors, and for years now, he has participated in a significant way in our mission work, particularly in Africa. It was such a joy to hear of his appointment and to be able to attend his ordination and the events accompanying it.

Peter Herbeck, Sr. Ann Shields, and I traveled up to Ottawa for the events and were joined by Chairman of our Canadian Board Msgr. Greg Smith and Canadian Board Member Fr. James Mallon.

The events began with a dinner for family and friends of Bishop Scott, including all the members of the Companions, who with seminarians and sisters, now number about sixty. One special moment during the dinner was when Bishop Scott specially honored Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw for their inspiration in his life. Bishop Scott and the Greenhaws have been on many mission trips together. Lloyd and Nancy, as many of you know, are some of our busiest missionaries. They arrived in Ottawa directly from Uganda, where they had just led hundreds of seminarians into a deeper relationship with the Lord and the Holy Spirit, thanks to Renewal Ministries’ supporters.

The next evening was the ordination itself—at the very beautiful cathedral for the Archdiocese of Ottawa—resided over by Archbishop Terry Prendergast, and assisted by the outgoing bishop for the military ordinariate and Bishop Christian Reisbeck, another member of the Companions, who was made an auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese a few years ago. The papal nuncio to Canada was also there. The ceremony was beautiful and very moving. A highpoint for us was when they held the book of the Gospels over Bishop Scott’s head and slathered his head with the anointing chrism! Another highpoint was when Archbishop Prendegast took Bishop Scott by the arm and led him all around the cathedral to prolonged cheers of the congregation.

The next morning, Bishop Scott took possession of his home base “cathedral”—actually the armed forces chapel on an Ottawa military base.

Both in his remarks at the end of the ordination the night before and in his homily the next morning, Bishop Scott made it clear that he was going to continue to preach the Gospel just as boldly as a bishop as he had when he was a priest on mission with us. After his ordination, he proclaimed in his remarks: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul!”

There was a lot of joy this week in Ottawa! Thank you Lord, for Bishop Scott. Please protect him, continue to empower him, and give him the wisdom and courage he needs to continue to advance your kingdom!

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Peter Herbeck, Ralph Martin, Bishop Scott McCaig, and Nancy and Lloyd Greenhaw