Adrien Niyongabo

Adrien Niyongabo

Missioner for Community Engagement, Diocese of Northern Indiana

Adrien is originally from Burundi, where he received his degree in Sociology from the Université du Lac Tanganyika. From 2004-2015, he worked as co-founder and national coordinator to develop and implement the first Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) program in Burundi to help deal with the aftermath of generations of interethnic violence—periodically erupting in genocide—between the ethnic Hutus and Tutsis. As part of that work, he supervised over trainee-led community workshops on community trauma healing with internally dispalced people (IDPs), returnees, and ex-combatants who began to reestablish relationships. Once HROC was established in Burundi, Adrien worked to help spread use of the HROC model to Rwanda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. During the same period, he was also leading the Quaker Peace Network’s efforts both in Burundi and across the region.

In 2015, Adrien came to Indiana to earn a Masters Degree in International Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute of the University of Notre Dame.  His work there continued to focus on his passions for community well-being, promotion of human hope and dignity, and the healing, reconciling and empowering of community members. Adrien received his MA from Notre Dame in May of 2017.

Adrien now serves as Missioner for Community Engagement in the Diocese of Northern Indiana, helping parishes discern what Asset-Based Community Development would look like in a variety of different contexts.