As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, The Mount welcomed Sister Nyirumbe to campus today to speak with with our students and staff!
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe's 62 years of life provide a powerful testament to God's presence, love, and hope amidst unimaginable violence. Throughout these many years, her native Uganda and southern Sudan (now South Sudan) have suffered the devastating effects of war and military clashes. Children, as the most vulnerable population, have suffered the most—being orphaned, kidnapped, forced to become child soldiers and sex-slaves. As a Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for over 45 years, Sister Rosemary, even at great risk to herself, continues to minister to children enduring the surrounding violence, teaching practical skills, while helping them to heal, forgive, and hope.
Sisters work taking in girls escaping captivity by Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has earned her international recognition. She has been named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," is the subject of at least two books, and an award-winning documentary "Sewing Hope" narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. She received the United Nations Women's Impact Award and has been named a CNN Hero.
A group of Rocket students had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Sister Rosemary today for lunch and a question and answer session. After lunch, Sister Rosemary spoke to a large group of the MSM student body about her journey, a few experiences and her work with Sewing Hope.
"The needle is meant to mend broken clothes and make them beautiful. The needle is also meant to help people realize they can mend their own lives and make their lives beautiful," said Sister Rosemary.
Sister also spoke to our Rocket students about the importance of learning to give, learning to share with others.
Sister Rosemary challenged MSM students, "It is very important that we learn the importance of sharing. At your age, what are you sharing? What do you plan to share?"
The MSM community is very thankful to Sister Rosemary for spending her afternoon with our students and staff! We look forward to working with Sewing Hope in the near future!