November 28

Nyrina wa Jambo, Kibeho, Nyaruguru, South Province, Rwanda

On November 28, 1981, as Alphonsine Mumureke, 16, was helping in her convent school's dining hall, she heard someone call, "My daughter." Going out into the corridor she saw a woman in white, who, in the native Kinyarwandan language, identified herself as the Mother of the Word (Nyrina wa Jambo), asked about the student's faith, and urged her to join the Legion of Mary. Alphonsine continued to experience apparitions through December, usually followed by several minutes of unconciousness, but most of her schoolmates disbelieved her until January 12, 1982, when the Mother of the Word began appearing to another 16-year-old student, Anathalie Mukamazimpaka. Eventually there were 7 visionaries, including a 7-year-old pagan boy and a 24-year-old Moslem woman, joined in prayer by crowds of pilgrims. In an 8-hour ecstasy on August 15, 1982, they saw the bloody future of their land. The Mother gave songs as well as exhortations to believe, pray, and repent. After an investigation, on August 15, 1988 the bishop approved worship at the site. Alphonsine continued seeing the Mother of the Word until Nov. 28, 1989, by which time apparitions to the other seers had ceased. She lost her whole family in the 1991-5 civil war, in which at least two of the other visionaries died. In July 2002, the Vatican verified the apparitions. In 2003, the cardinal consecrated the shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows at the site. On Nov. 28, 2006, the local diocese began celebrating a Jubilee Year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the apparitions. (Information from Roy Abraham Varghese, 2000, at, 2004 and Picture from shrine's site,

Also commemorated this date:

bulletMother of God, Kupyatich, Pinsk, Minsk, Russia (icon's feast day Nov. 15 in old calendar, Nov. 28 in new)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly