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Day 1 – June 7th: Depart from the U.S.A. Our pilgrimage begins today as we depart on flights with our final destination: Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 2 – June 8th: Arrive Kigali, Rwanda. We arrive around 7:00pm into Kigali, will check into our hotel and have dinner.
Day 3 – June 9th: Kigali. We will spend the day in Kigali, visiting the Genocide Memorial and the Presidential home. The Memorial is a place of remembrance, for more than one million victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and where 250,000 victims are laid to rest. There is no charge for museum but donations are gratefully accepted.
Day 4 – June 10th: Butare. We will board our motor coach and drive to Butare, which is known as the university city and has long been regarded as the intellectual capital of the country. It was at one point where the Kings of Rwanda resided because of its beauty. We will visit the Museum of the Kings of Rwanda as well as the Natural History Museum, which is often referred to as the finest museum (for cultural history of the country) in East Africa. We will spend some time at the Missionaries of Peace Novitiate House and celebrate the Holy Mass in their chapel. There will be time for prayer, teaching and reflection with Fr. Ubald and Barbara Heil.
Day 5 – June 11th: Cyangugu. We depart this morning by motor coach for Cyangugu and the Center for the Secret of Peace. We will be driving through the Nyungwe National Forest which is a vast area of mountain rainforest and home to many species of chimpanzee and Colossus monkeys. Upon arriving, we will have lunch and time in the afternoon for rest and mass at the Centre De Pastoral where we will be staying.
Day 6 – June 12th: Secret of Peace Center. Today we will be visiting the Center for the Secret of Peace overlooking picturesque Lake Kivu where we will explore the beautiful grounds, have time for the Rosary Walk, and prepare for tomorrow’s healing service. Fr. Ubald will be with us to talk about the center and its future plans. There will be time for prayer, lecture and encounter with many locals who come daily for prayer and confession.
Day 7 – June 13th: Secret of Peace Center. This is Fatima Day for the Center and on the 13th of every month a mass with healing prayer is celebrated. There are usually 25,000 or more participants who come to mass and pray for healing, rain or shine. They will come from as far away as the Congo and Burundi to encounter the healing presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. It will be a full day of celebration with mass followed by a traditional Rwandan lunch for all of us at the Center.
Day 8 – June 14th: Kibeho. We depart Cyangugu today and drive to Kibeho, the site of the apparitions of the Blessed Mother. We will have time for prayer and mass at the shrine, and if the visionary Natalie is in residence we will have an opportunity to meet with her.
Day 9 – June 15th: Kibeho. We will spend the day visiting the Shrine with time for prayer, as well as visit where the brothers of the Missionaries of Peace reside, and hear about their efforts of peace building in the area.
Day 10 – June 16th: Kigali. We return to Kigali today, where we will have time to purchase souvenirs, statues… We will celebrate our last evening together.
Day 11 – June 17th: Depart for U. S. A. We depart Kigali, beginning our travels home.
Day 12 – June 18th: Arrive to U.S.A.