In acknowledgment of his extraordinary efforts to save Tutsi lives, Rwanda honored Father Stanislas Urbaniak as one of the friendship pact protectors.
Speaking at the National Umushyikirano Council on January 24, 2024, Father Stanislas expressed gratitude to President Paul Kagame, acknowledging the president’s efforts to empower the youth for active participation in the nation’s development while emphasizing the significance of unity among Rwandans.
He thanked him for the impactful leadership in Rwanda, and disclosed that he extends his prayers for the president and all Rwandans on a daily basis.
Highlighting the crucial role played by the Christians of Ruhango, particularly 100 Hutus, Father Stanislas underscored their fearlessness in collaborating to welcome 500 Tutsis to the Parish during the challenging times of the genocide.
Recognizing an act of heroism, Father Stanislas acknowledged a catechist who provided shelter and sustenance to 15 Tutsis throughout the genocide. He shared the remarkable outcome that all 15 individuals were found alive upon his return to Poland.
Reflecting on his mission in Rwanda, Father Stanislas detailed his arrival in 1980 and engagement in various parishes, including Masaka and Kinazi.
Eventually assuming the role of Chief Priest of Ruhango, he recounted efforts to collaborate with the youth in establishing a school to spread the Gospel through Bible education, unknowingly laying the groundwork for a crucial role during the genocide.
Residing in Ruhango Parish until 1996, Father Stanislas received recognition as a protector of the friendship pact on November 4, 2015, acknowledging his selfless contributions during Rwanda’s darkest period.