"I was completely in tears … To be accepted in this country ... was like receiving a gift. ... This country has God on their money. What, who does that? … Many people in America do not think suffering is a part of life," she said. "People take a drug or a drink so they do not feel. … (But) nobody lives in this world without going through pain. … Jesus went on the cross to take the maximum of what man can go through in this world to show us, 'I love you this much,' and 'you matter this much.' …You accept your pain, look at it in the face, don't avoid it, but ask for help. … True love comes from loving others. … Please, in a small way, be a builder of peace."
— Immaculee Ilibagiza, world-renowned Rwandan genocide survivor and peace advocate after a 15-year process to become a US citizen on April 17 in New York City. She visited Bishop O'Dowd High School in 2011.