St. Josephine Bakhita

Aug 29th, 2014

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

“God of hope and freedom, inspire and strengthen us in our work to loosen the chains of human trafficking in our world, so that like St. Josephine Bakhita, we may stand firm in our resolve to create a slave‐free world. Through Christ our Lord.”  ~ From Prayer Service for an End to Human Trafficking, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/USCCB

St. Josephine Bakhita, Witness of Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking, was born in Sudan in 1869. As a child she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. As a slave she was sold and re-sold and was severely mistreated. Eventually she was sold to an Italian diplomat and taken to Italy where she was later brought to freedom through the help of the Canossian Daughters of Charity. Through their guidance she learned about God, was baptized, and eventually joined this same religious community where she served God faithfully until her death in 1947. At her canonization in 2000, Pope John Paul II noted. “In St. Josephine Bakhita we find a shining example of emancipation. The history of her life inspires not passive acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively to free girls and women from oppression and violence, and to return them to their dignity in the full exercise of their rights.”

Peace & Justice Committee