Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe: I Believe in Who I Am
Visions of Justice: Northern Uganda and Appalachia
In this keynote lecture, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe discusses the necessity of believing in one’s self, which she connects to the ability to help others. After her talk, there will be time for audience members to engage with Sister Rosemary about her work and social activism. This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Honors College.
This event is part of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences' Visions of Justice series marking Sister Rosemary's visit to WVU in March 2020.
About the Speaker
For the last 30 years, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of the Sisters of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus based in Juba, South Sudan, has answered the call to serve the least
among us from the epicenter of a bloody and violent civil wars that decimated northern
Uganda and South Sudan. Armed with only a sewing machine, Sister Rosemary openly
defied Joseph Kony and the rebel soldiers and commanders of the Lord’s Resistance
Army in their 20-year reign of terror. Since 2002, Sister Rosemary has enrolled
more than 2,000 girls who had been previously abducted by the Lord's Resistance
Army or abandoned by their families. Anyone who steps foot on the grounds of the
Saint Monica campus in Gulu, Uganda, will instantly recognize there are few other
places on earth where a community of women learn to become self-reliant and change
agents for peace and prosperity. Sister Rosemary has taught these brave girls to
make their own clothes, grow their own food, learn a valuable trade, and show mercy
to others that are less fortunate.