Rwanda Journal #10: A Bishop, A Bashed Nose, Goodies and Experts

Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. First of all, please accept my apologies for the abbreviated post yesterday. While the hotel we stayed in — the Centre Saint Andre owned by the Diocese of Kabgayi in the Muhanga district was beautiful, the Internet connectivity (and the hot water — as my photos will [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #9: Holy Mass, Coffee Growers, Genocide Memorial and Our Lady of Kibeho

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Mass, Our Lady of Wisdom, Diocese of Butare This day started with an early wake up call — we were off to Mass bright and early at Our Lady of the Miracles, the Cathedral in the Diocese of Butare. As a gift to our group, our celebrant [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #8: Grief, Forgiveness, New Friendships and Selfies

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Today’s journal entry is going to be exceptionally short. While the day was filled with amazing memories, I am operating on three hours sleep (too much Rwandan coffee yesterday!) and less than ideal working conditions. My “office” tonight has me perched on the edge of the bathtub [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #7: CRS Rwanda, Episcopal Conference & Kigali Memorial Centre

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. The more time I spend in Rwanda, the more I see it as an amazing place of both contradictions and of consistencies. Permit me to ponder this for a few moments before I recap today’s amazing highlights. First: contradictions. This came to my mind today when a [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #6: Arriving in Kigali, Rwanda

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Greetings from Kigali, the capital city of the country of Rwanda and our first destination after a very long day of travel. Praise be to God, our flights were completely uneventful. After a four hour layover in Ethiopia, I hit “the wall” — the lack of sleep [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #5: Addis Ababa Airport

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. As I write this, I’m sitting in Terminal 1 at Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia, waiting for our connecting flight to Kigali, Rwanda. Try as I might, I can’t truly get a fix on the time. My computer clock says 10:12 pm, which tells me that for [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #4: Catholic Relief Services Egan Orientation

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Today started bright and early with a wake up call that roused me from a short but delicious sleep. Our hotel — the Days Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor — is only a few short blocks from the Catholic Relief Services headquarters. You can’t imagine my excitement when [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #3: Baltimore and Books

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Today was a full day of travel. And I’m only really just getting started. My alarm went off at 3:30 am Pacific time in Seattle… sufficient time for a shower, a quick kiss for my sleepy husband Greg (we said a proper goodbye last night) and a [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #2: Packing and Planning

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Today I did something I haven’t done any time in recent memory: I turned on my email autoresponder. Why? I’m getting ready for my upcoming trip to Rwanda. I shared back in July that — much to my amazement and great joy — I had been selected as a recipient of Catholic Relief Services Egan [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 10/11/13: Love Fills the Empty Spaces

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Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/), we’ve got a full recap of all of this week’s most important action both online and around the world. Papal Tweet: “The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.” (Pope Francis Oct. 8th) Pope’s Homily [Read More...]


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