Immaculée Ilibagiza is a living example of faith put into action. Her life was transformed dramatically during the 1994 Rwandan genocide where she and seven other women spent 91 days huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor's house. Immaculée entered the bathroom a vibrant, 115-pound university student with a loving family - she emerged weighing just 65 pounds to find most of her family had been brutally murdered. Immaculée credits her salvage mostly to prayer and to a set of rosary beads given to her by her devout Catholic father prior to going into hiding. Anger and resent-ment about her situation were liter-ally eating her alive and destroying her faith, but rather than succumbing to the rage that she felt, Immaculée instead turned to prayer.
This talk was the keynote address at the 2011 St. Louis Respect Life Convention.