Bishop Ricken, Rwandan priest to lead five missions

Forgiveness and healing are focus of events

ALLOUEZ — Bishop David Ricken and Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, a priest for the Diocese of Cyangugu, Rwanda, will host five, two-day parish missions around the Diocese of Green Bay in March.

The first day of each parish mission, a member of Fr. Ubald’s team will present, “Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace,” a documentary which features stories of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and the life and work of Fr. Ubald. The second day will include Mass celebrated by Bishop Ricken and Fr. Ubald, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer for healing.

“Bishop Ricken has continued to recognize the great need for healing across our diocese in many ways,” said Michael Poradek, Divine Worship director for the Diocese of Green Bay. “So many of our communities, families and individuals are facing incredible challenges and pain. Bishop has invited Fr. Ubald to visit the diocese as an opportunity for others to both recognize the need for forgiveness, especially during this Lenten season, and to accept the healing of body and soul that comes to us through Jesus Christ, essential to our journey of discipleship.”

Since 1995, Fr. Ubald has been preaching about forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation. The African priest speaks from the heart, having survived the 1994 genocide in his native Rwanda that killed some 800,000 people, including more than 80 members of his family.

“Forgiveness is always needed,” Fr. Ubald told The Compass in 2016. “For me, forgiveness is a gift from God.” His ethnic Tutsi background targeted him for persecution by the Hutu majority while growing up in Rwanda. Fr. Ubald, a frequent speaker and healing Mass celebrant at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, shares his story on his website, frubald.com.

The schedule for the two-day missions is as follows:

  • March 25 and 26, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church (Waldo Site), 1121 North 14th St., Manitowoc.
  • March 26 and 27, 6:30 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 415 6th Ave., Antigo.
  • March 27 and 28, 6:30 p.m., St. Bernard Church, 2040 Hillside Lane, Green Bay.
  • March 28 and 29, 6:30 p.m., Most Blessed Sacrament Church (St. Peter site), 435 High Ave., Oshkosh.
  • March 29 and 30, 6:30 p.m., St. Gabriel Church, 900 Geiger St., Neenah.