Ide Maria Helander, Vice-Chair of Suoma Sami Nuorat, describes her experience at a Healing of Memories workshop and how the methods she learned can help her people.

In communities victimized by war everyone has been wounded by the conflict.  Antti Pentikainen who works with the UN to reach out to tribal and religious groups have found our methods vital in bringing about healing and reconciliation.

"I had an opportunity to seek help and I had an opportunity to surrender and when I did I found healing of memories."

--David Campbell, Gulf War Veteran



Fr. Michael Lapsley’s Memoir,
Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer
Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu



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Annual Report 2015

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Forgiveness Project Panel Discussion and Book Signing

April 12, 2016

Tuesday, April 26 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Barnes & Noble, Union Square 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003 The Forgiveness Project challenges audiences around the world to explore the transformative power of forgiveness. The organization’s first-ever Forgiveness Conversation in America, celebrates the US paperback publication of The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a…

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church has commended The Institute of Healing of Memories and Father Michael Lapsley.

July 15, 2015

We are grateful for this recognition of our work! Special thanks to the Very Reverend Walter Brownridge, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, for proposing this resolution, and to all who supported it. To read the resolution please click here:

Father Lapsley to be Honored by the Human Symphony Foundation

February 13, 2015

Father Michael Lapsley will be Honored by the All are welcome to this celebration on March 7th, 2015! Please click here to make your reservations.

Torture is Wrong: We must stop it

October 1, 2014

Response of Father Michael Lapsley on Receivimg the Heroes Award from the Program for Torture victims in Los Angeles 30 September 2014 Torture is wrong: We must stop it I am humbled to receive this award tonight. I do so as Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories which is a member of SANTOC…

Tereschuk on Memorial Day weekend and Healing of memories

June 23, 2014

MASS MEDIA CONSUMERS in America might be forgiven for forgetting this, but the purpose of Memorial Day – obviously enough – is to remember our troops, past and present, with gratitude for their service. But what are those service-members themselves remembering?I’ve been asking this question while in the company of a good many US military veterans,…

Redeeming the Past – A Tribute to Madiba

December 10, 2013

Father Michael Lapsley,SSM Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories Cape Town “I am a product of the people of South Africa” Imagine for a moment what would have happened if Nelson Mandela had walked out of prison and said “It’s time to get them”. We would have died in our millions. It is…

Homily for the Concluding Worship of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Busan, South Korea 8 November 2013

November 10, 2013

Father Michael Lapsley, SSM Luke 24:28-35 God of Life: Lead us to Justice and Peace. Peace be with you. I greet you all as companions on the way – followers of Jesus the crucified and risen one. When I was first asked to preach this homily to you today – I felt deeply honoured –…

Fr. Michael Lapsley Schedule in the United States October-November 2013

October 11, 2013

Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20 Healing of Memories Workshop for Veterans Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center 7415 E. Elbow Bend Carefree, AZ 85377 Contact: Cyndy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”>Tuesday, October 22 1- 4 pm Introduction to Healing of Memories Workshop…

Facing the Trauma and Embarking on the Healing Journey: An Interview With Michael Lapsley

May 4, 2013

The Rev. Michael Lapsley barely survived an April 28, 1990 letter bomb attack by agents of the South African apartheid government who sought to kill him. The bomb exploded in his hands, seriously wounding him and leading to the loss of both arms and the use of an eye and ear. Born in New Zealand,…