Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga (1955-2021) was a Catholic priest in the Cyangugu diocese of southeastern Rwanda for more than thirty-five years. During the 1994 genocide, he lost more than eighty members of his family—including his mother—and more than 45,000 parishioners. During a trip to Lourdes, France, Fr. Ubald heard Jesus tell him to carry his cross: the genocide. In that moment, Fr. Ubald felt a release from the burden of his sorrows and knew he was called to preach healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Fr. Ubald's ministry was focused on healing and evangelization, particularly through the Center for the Secret of Peace, which he founded to help perpetrators and families of victims find healing and reconciliation after the genocide. He traveled the world offering Masses with healing prayers, from which there are many documented cases of physical, spiritual, relational, and emotional healings.
Fr. Ubald died in 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah, from complications of COVID-19.