The programme of Our Lady of Kibeho


Monday to Friday - ( 6:30 am to 8:30 am )
Friday and Saturdays- ( 12:00 pm to 13:30 pm )
Sundays- ( 08:30 pm to 10:0 pm )

Universal week day’s feast and feasts of the shrine: at 6:30 am and 11:00am, Vigil masses of the Solemnity of Marian Feasts: at 4:30pm, Masses on days of big pilgrimages: The special time table

Holy Masses at the Sanctuary:

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  • Friday and Saturdays: at 6:30 am and 5:30 pm
  • Monday to Friday: at 6:30 am
  • Sundays: at 7:30 am and 11:00am
  • Universal week day’s feast and feasts of the shrine: at 6:30 am and 11:00am
  • Vigil masses of the Solemnity of Marian Feasts: at 4:30pm
  • Masses on days of big pilgrimages: The special time table

Adoration of the Holy Sacrament:

  • Every Thursday from 7:00 am to Friday: 5:30 pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

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  • Monday to Saturday: at 4:30 pm
  • Sundays and Feasts: at 10:00 am
  • On the eve of feast days of the Shrine and Solemnity of Marian feasts.
  • As required by pilgrims.

Meditation of the Holy Rosary:

  • Monday to Saturday: at 4:30 pm
  • Sundays and Feasts: at 10:00 am

The Way of the Cross:

  • Every Friday during lent: at 4:30 pm
  • As required by pilgrims

Procession with Candles:

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  • During the pilgrimage of the big groups.
  • On the eve of the Solemnity of Marian feast days of the Shrine of Kibeho, at 6:00 pm.

Monthly recollection:

  • “A weekend with the Virgin Mary” - Every last Friday of the month up to Sunday.

Retreats: Twice per year, always in the 1st and 2nd trimester of the year.

The major Feasts of the Catholic Church: For all pilgrims who wish to celebrate at the Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho, a special program can be prepared.

Marian feasts and solemnities: The solemnities and Marian feasts celebrated at Kibeho can be classified into two categories: Those directly related to the Apparitions of Kibeho and those usually celebrated by the universal Church.

Solemnities and Marian feasts at Kibeho:

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  • March 2nd: Anniversary of the apparitions of Marie Claire Mukangango
  • January 12th: Anniversary of the apparitions of Nathalie Mukamazimpaka
  • May 31st: Dedication of the church of Our Lady of Sorrows (Kibeho)
  • August 15th: Assumption of Mary
  • September 15th: Our Lady of Sorrows
  • October 7th: Our Lady Queen of the Rosary
  • November 28th: Our Lady of Kibeho (anniversary of the apparitions of Alphonsine Mumureke, the beginning of the apparitions)




Other Marian feasts at Kibeho:

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  • February 11th: Our Lady of Lourdes
  • January 1st: Mary Mother of God
  • February 2nd: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
  • March 25th: The Annunciation of the Lord
  • May 13th: Our Lady of Fatima
  • May 19th: Mary Queen of the Apostles
  • May 21th: Mary Mother of the Church
  • May 31st: The Visitation
  • June 9th: The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • August 5th: The Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome
  • August 22nd: The queen-ship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • August 26nd: Our Lady of Częstochowa
  • September 8th: The Nativity of Mary
  • September 12th: The Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • November 21st: The Presentation of Mary in the Temple
  • December 8th: The Immaculate Conception
  • December 10th: Our Lady of Loreto
  • December 12th: Our Lady of Guadeloupe
  • October 22nd Saint John Paul II

Pilgrimages of groups organised at national and international level:2018 program 06

  • February 10-11th: Sick and disabled people
  • May 5-6th: Community Emmanuel
  • May 12-13th : Radio Maria Rwanda
  • May 18-19th: Divine Marcy Movement
  • May 26-27th: Sacred Heart League
  • September 1-2th: Xzavery
  • September 15-16th: Brotherhood of the New Evangelization
  • October 13-14th: Charismatic Groups
  • October 20-21th: Legion of Mary
  • December 27-28th: Eucharistic Youth Movement


Diocesan Pilgrimages of Rwanda:

  • February: Diocese of Nyundo
  • March: Diocese of Ruhengeri
  • April: Diocese of Byumba
  • May: Diocese of Kibungo
  • June: Archdiocese of Kigali
  • July: Diocese of Cyangugu
  • August: Diocese of Kabgayi
  • September: Diocese of Butare
  • October: Diocese of Gikongoro


All other groups are free to organise pilgrimages to their choice; preferably inform the Rector/Director of the shrine for the arrangements.


For the proper course of the pilgrimage, the pilgrims should be well prepared with confessions, prayers and novenas. Bishops and priests should set a good example by accompanying their Christians.

Pilgrimages must have a specific theme and program in order to give the pilgrims a clear perspective of what to expect. We encourage you to frequently come to Kibeho in well prepared pilgrimages!


Standard programme for pilgrims at Kibeho:


  • 9:30 am: Arrival at Kibeho
  • 10:00 am: Spiritual talk on the message of Kibeho
  • 11:00 am: Confession and adoration of blessed sacrament
  • 12:00 noon: Holy Masses
  • Subsequently: Individual program of the group


The Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho offers several possibilities in connecting with your spiritual source:

  • Spend time at the home of "Mama"!
  • Self-selected program of the pilgrim group.
  • Pray in silence at different places of public worship:
  • The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Apparition Square, Chapel of the Apparitions, the Garden of the Calvary, the Rosary Garden and the Park around the Source of Kibeho.
  • Recite the rosary and the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows on the routes constructed for this purpose.
  • Praying the Stations of the Cross towards the big cross of the Calvary.
  • Listen to a spiritual talk on the apparitions or another religious topic.
  • Watch the film “Kibeho”, a documentary about the apparitions of the Virgin
  • Mary at Kibeho or a film on other religious topics.
  • Get a souvenir of the shrine such as:
  • Objects of worship: rosaries, medals, images …
  • Books and pamphlets of the Edition of the Shrine of Kibeho.
  • Film "Kibeho" (in English, French, Kinyarwanda, Polish, Spanish or Germany)
  • About the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Kibeho
  • Other souvenirs and objects of piety.


The Marian Sanctuary of Kibeho is a high place for prayers; it requires and demands respect of her regulation and the silence of the place.


Dear pilgrims come to reserve from the Mother of the Word, the graces and favour that she tenderly reserves for her Children who wish to follow her mother’s counsels.


You are always most welcome at Kibeho! facebook: Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Kibeho

Contact Info

Sanctuary Our Lady of Kibeho
B.P. 341 Butare / Rwanda
Central Africa
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+250/ 78 830 73 76
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