Saint Joseph Abbey Retreat

Covington, Louisiana

June 26 -28th

During a retreat at the Saint Joseph Abbey Monastery, Immaculée shared her miraculous story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 .

It’s an amazing story.  Immaculee was 22 years old and home for Easter Break from her second year of college when the Genocide began. She survived by hiding in a Pastor’s tiny bathroom 4′ x 3′ feet for 91 days with seven other starving women.

After reading her book, Left to Tell, which is life altering, I was inspired to create a piece of jewelry for her as a reminder of her spirit, mission of love and forgiveness.

The piece is called “Jewel of Africa”, consisting of a silhouette of Africa in gold with a diamond set in Rwanda.

Engraved on the back are the names of her father, mother and two brothers who were killed during the genocide.  I was moved to tears when she turned the piece over and read their names from her heart.

Immaculée shows us how to embrace the power of prayer, forge a profound and lasting relationship with God, and discover the importance of forgiveness and the meaning of truly unconditional love and understanding — through our darkest hours.


Women join to better the community

Woman of the Year

Anne Dale – Woman of the Year

One week is set aside every October to recognize women in our community who use their time and talent for the greater good of mankind (Woman of the Year). I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but you might be surprised of the impact women have, for instance, in our local economy.

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Jeweler for a Cause® – Saint Scholastica Academy 

Saint Scholastica Academy

Saint Scholastica Academy (SSA), a catholic college preparatory high school in Covington, LA drawing upon its 100-year history of sisterhood, perpetuates the Benedictine tradition of prayer, work, study and community. Students will be assisting in a work project at Our Lady of Lourdes School which was devastated by Katrina in New Orleans. If you would like to donate to their mission, please contact:

Elaine Simmons at

www.ssacad.com. OR
122 South Massachusetts Street,
Covington, LA 70433

St. Scholastica Academy is owned by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is governed by the Archbishop of New Orleans. As a Catholic school, SSA is part of the educational ministry of the Church and, as such, does not have a separate legal identity. The Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools, headed by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, monitors the religious and academic programs of the school to ensure that they comply with Archdiocesan and State policies.