Rosemary Nyirumbe: Sewing Hope in Uganda

Rosemary Nyirumbe: Sewing Hope in Uganda

by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda


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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. In Rosemary Nyirumbe: Sewing Hope in Uganda, María Ruiz Scaperlanda brings to light Sister Rosemary’s vocation of loving presence to these youth in the midst of this cultural and societal obliteration.

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 violence around them, teaching practical skills, while helping them to heal, forgive, and hope. Her 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 the book Sewing Hope, and an award-winning documentary by the same name narrated by Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker. She received the United Nations Women’s Impact Award and has been named a CNN Hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814644638
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 03/25/2019
Series: People of God Series
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 749,097
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

María Ruiz Scaperlanda is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger whose work has been broadly published. In 2016, María received the St. Francis de Sales Award—the highest honor given by the Catholic Press Association to an individual, for her “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism.” María is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)—and has traveled on international assignments to the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and now Africa. María and her husband of 37 years, Michael, reside in Norman, Oklahoma. They have four adult children, a Siberian Husky named Diego, and ten grandchildren. María blogs at:

Table of Contents

Foreword by Rev. Donald H. Dunson, PhD ix
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction 1
Chapter One
Little Sister’s Beginnings (1956–1975) 11
Chapter Two
A Comboni Spirituality (1976–1986) 30
Chapter Three
Little Things with Great Love (1987–2000) 44
Chapter Four
With a Motherly Heart (2001–2007) 62
Chapter Five
Love Is the Key! (2008–2017) 85
Chapter Six
The Genius of Woman (2018– ) 107
Notes 129
Bibliography 135
Index 141

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