Best-selling author, Immaculée Ilibagiza, to be featured at Oct. 1st Marian Pilgrimage in New Castle

September 19, 2022 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — Ms. Immaculée Ilibagiza, the author of the international best-selling book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage, it was announced recently. The annual event, held this year on October 1st from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 12 Winder Road in New Castle, Delaware, attracts people from across Delaware, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and the region.

In Left to Tell, Ms. Ilibagiza recounts how prayer – especially the Rosary – helped her through her harrowing experience of survival during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. To date, it has been translated into seventeen languages and has sold over two million copies. Her story has also been made into a documentary entitled The Diary of Immaculée. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, EWTN, CBS Evening News, as well as in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, and many other domestic and international publications.

Additionally, local artist Mrs. Kate Capato, of Visual Grace, will be giving a presentation on the symbology of Our Lady in Art, including in her own art. Her husband Pawel will play some modern classical sacred music as well. Mrs. Capato has recently been a guest on EWTN’s Women of Grace.

The Marian Pilgrimage begins with morning Mass for First Saturday and the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with the Vigil Mass at 4:00 p.m. The Most Reverend William E. Koenig, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will preside. In addition to the author presentations, the Pilgrimage will also include confessions, the Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration.

Holy Spirit Church in New Castle is the home of the over two-story tall, stainless steel statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace created by master sculptor Charles Parks, and dedicated in May of 2007 by the late Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli.  The statue was commissioned by a group of Wilmington-area volunteers who worked for years to raise the half-million dollars needed to purchase the enormous work of art.  The statue can be plainly seen by tens of thousands of motorists who travel between New Jersey and Delaware each day via the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

The Marian Pilgrimage is free and open to the public. More information is available at or

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 27 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Information about the diocese is available at

Here is the Marian Pilgrimage Schedule for Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Holy Spirit Church in New Castle, Delaware:

9:00 a.m.                    Opening Mass, Father Brian Lewis, presider
9:30 a.m.                    Coffee and breakfast snacks provided by the BVM Sodality of Holy Spirit Parish
10:00 a.m.                  Welcome and Kate Capato presentation
11:15 a.m.                    Art sale and signing
11:45 a.m.                   Lunch provided by the BVM Sodality
1:00 p.m.                    Immaculee Ilibagiza presentation
2:15 p.m.                     Holy Hour/Rosary/Confessions
3:15 p.m.                     Book sale and signing
4:00 p.m.                    Vigil Mass, Bishop William Koenig, presider

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