Redeeming the Past Memoir Launch
Institute for Healing of Memories Founder Father Michael Lapsely had a launch event for his stirring new memoir, Redeeming the Past, at the United Nations Church Center in Manhattan on September 27. The Keynote Speaker was Helen Clark: Administrator of the United Nations Development Program.
Lapsley, born in New Zealand, joined the Society of the Sacred Mission, and was sent to South Africa in 1973. There he became active in the anti-apartheid movement, ultimately joining the African National Congress. After surviving an assassination attempt, he returned to South Africa to found the Institute for Healing of Memories. “Michael’s life . . . . is part of the tapestry of the many long journeys and struggles of our people.”-Nelson Mandela