Among Women 173: Reflecting on Rwanda, with Lisa Hendey

Feb 11, 2014

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: St Elizabeth of Portugal

“Among Women” Guest: Lisa Hendey

The 2013 Egan Journalism Fellows at the Media High Council in Kigali, Rwanda.  Credit: Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS

The 2013 Egan Journalism Fellows at the Media High Council in Kigali, Rwanda.
Credit: Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS

This week we explore the reflections of author and founder Lisa Hendey as she talks about a troubling subject:  the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Although this conversation is challenging, in terms of the devastating horror of genocide, and its continued threat in the modern world,  it is also one of hope and the grace of forgiveness amid deep sorrow. Lisa explains the opportunity she had as a recipient of the Egan Fellowship  from Catholic Relief Services, to visit Rwanda last fall. She details the effect the mission had on her, and the seeming miraculous graces she found there amidst pain and heartbreak.

Links for this episode:

Pat Gohn’s speaking events 

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms by Lisa Hendey

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Egan Fellowship at CRS

Donate to CRS

CRS Fair trade items

World View Wednesdays on Catholic Mom

Read Lisa Hendey’s Rwanda Journal on Catholic Mom (Note: some descriptions and images are rather disturbing, read with care if children are nearby.)


Article: “Rwanda: Forgiveness and Renewal Following 1994 Genocide” by Helen Blakesley

Article: “Love and Forgiveness after Rwanda Genocide” by Lane Hartill

Other shows of related interest:

Catholic TV’s Inter Nos with Lisa Hendey

 AW 114: Communing with the Saints, with Lisa Hendey

AW 56: A discussion about The Handbook for Catholic Moms, by Lisa Hendey

AW 27: Lisa Hendey and Pat Gohn discuss their surviving breast cancer

Enter the free drawing for the rosary blessed by Pope Francis, by sending your comments to Pat Gohn at, or to the Among Women podcast Facebook page, or add them to the comments box below.
Image credit: Screen shot from Catholic TV’s Inter Nos

11 comments on “Among Women 173: Reflecting on Rwanda, with Lisa Hendey

  1. I have just listened to your conversation with Lisa and enjoyed it so much. I started to read the book”Shake hands with the devil” by Romeo Dallaire who was Lieutenant General Force commander for the United Nations. However was unable to complete it, very disturbing and complicated, it was his story of being in Rwanda at that time.
    Thank You for bringing the message of forgiveness through all of this dark period of history.

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks for listening, Peggy! Please spread the word about Among Women!

  2. Excellent, excellent podcast! The story of St. Elizabeth of Portugal really resonated with me (and hey, she’s a FranciscanMom too.) What a wonderful message of forgiveness even in suffering. And the idea of a social-media tithe is a terrific one.
    Now if only I could figure out how to subscribe to these things on an Android phone. I managed to listen to it in Chrome but I’d like to set up a subscription somehow, and none of the podcast managers I’ve tried so far can find it!

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks for the comment Barb! Some people find iSynchr for iTunes a good app for accessing music and podcasts on Androids. I release AW on iTunes, and this might be a good alternative. Let me know what you wind up using as I’d like to keep up with the Android side of things.

  3. I loves this episode of among women. It’s interestingto hear how Rwanda is doing now and it peaked my interest in learning more about the country. All I know about Rwanda and the genocide came from Hotel Rwanda. I loved the theme of radical forgiveness in both segments as well. It’s something I think our world soerly needs. Thanks for your wonderful ministry!

  4. Gail Callahan says:

    I really enjoyed this program. Lisa is a wonderful speaker and woman of God.
    Please enter me in the drawing for the rosary from Rome.
    Thank you and God bless.

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks, Gail! You’re in the drawing!

    2. Pat says:

      I’m happy to put your name in for the drawing.

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