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.