CANA: Marian Formation Center of the Marian Fathers in Kibeho, Rwanda

The Marian Formation Center in Kibeho is a project of the Marian Fathers, at the request of the local bishop, connected with the apparitions of Our Lady of Kibeho. Pope John Paul II, of happy memory, encouraged the Marian Fathers to “be apostles of The Divine Mercy under the mantle and loving guidance of Mary.” This project began with a blessing by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

The construction of the center started in 2004 on the hill of Nyarushishi, which is one mile from the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows. In the local tradition, this hill was called “the hill of God.”

The Center Today

Our main challenge is to foster spiritual development in the spirit of Mary and the mystery of Divine Mercy, in light of the New Evangelization and Our Lady’s request to share her messages with the entire world. We accomplish this through retreats, conferences, days of prayer, and various sessions about Marian spirituality. A very important aspect of this work is providing hospitality for pilgrims from all over the world. We will also develop materials in print and multi-media on Mary and Divine Mercy.

We also are very open to engaging in social development through education and micro-projects.

Our chapel has a 1st-class relic of St. John Paul II.


New Basketball Court

New Stations of the Cross

On Oct. 16, 2012 in our Cana Center in Nyarushishi-Kibeho in Rwanda, we installed a relic of Blessed John Paul II. It is a first-class relic — a drop of his blood. The relic is a blessing for our center and for the pilgrims who visit here.

The relic was solemnly installed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Butare, His Excellency Philippe Rukamba. The installation was done in the presence of priests who were ordained by Blessed John Paul II during the Holy Father's visit in Rwanda in 1990.

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