Saint Josephine Bakhita: Patron Saint of Sudan, Human trafficking and Slavery (Tentative)

Saint Josephine Bakhita, Former Slave (Feast Date: February 8)

Extract from  There’s a move under way in Oregon to seek Vatican approval for a patron saint of human trafficking and slavery “St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave-turned-nun, is the ideal saint for people whose labor and bodies are being exploited”, says Brian Willis. He’s a member of St. Mary Cathedral in Portland who has worked for years to help women who have been forced into the sex trade.  Trafficking, despite the name, does not require the crossing of international borders. “You can be born and raised and live in the same house and be a trafficking victim…It is about exploitation.”

Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita: “At the age of nine Bakhita was kidnapped by Arab slave traders and over the course of the next eight years was sold and resold five times in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum. The trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her own name, and the name we know her by is a compound of the name given her by the slavers (bakhita, the Arabic word for lucky) and the Christian name she took in adulthood. She was also forcibly converted to Islam. Eventually Bakhita became a Cannosian Sister in Italy.” See picture of Saint Josephine Bakhita


Saint Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of Sudan (Feast Date: February 8)

Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita: “Bakhita was born to a locally important family in Olgossa, a village in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. Her father was the brother of a tribal chief. At the age of nine she was kidnapped by Arab slave traders and over the course of the next eight years was sold and resold five times in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum. The trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her own name, and the name we know her by is a compound of the name given her by the slavers (bakhita, the Arabic word for lucky) and the Christian name she took in adulthood. She was also forcibly converted to Islam.” See picture of Saint Josephine Bakhita


Saint Josephine Bakhita,Patron Saint of Sudan (Feast Date: February 8)

Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita: “Bakhita was born to a locally important family in Olgossa, a village in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. Her father was the brother of a tribal chief. At the age of nine she was kidnapped by Arab slave traders and over the course of the next eight years was sold and resold five times in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum. The trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her own name, and the name we know her by is a compound of the name given her by the slavers (bakhita, the Arabic word for lucky) and the Christian name she took in adulthood. She was also forcibly converted to Islam. Bakhita suffered much brutality during her captivity.”  See picture of Saint Josephine Bakhita


Saint Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of Sudan (Feast Date: February 8)

Extract from Saint Josephine Bakhita: “St. Josephine Bakhita was born to a wealthy family in Sudan in 1869. She could not recall the name given to her at birth by her parents after she suffered repeated terrible humiliation, both physical and moral, as a result of being kidnapped by slave traders at the age of 9 and sold and re-sold in the slave markets of El Obeid and of Khartoum. The kidnappers gave her the name of Bakhita, which means “the lucky one” – a terrible irony, at least at that point in her life. After several months, at the age of 21, Bakhita received the sacraments of Christian initiation and took the name Josephine. After this, she was often seen kissing the baptismal font and crying out ‘Here, I became a daughter of God!’.

 

Saint Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of Sudan, Feast Date: February 8)

Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita, Our Universal Sister: “Birth Date: 1868 at Olgossa, Darfur, Sudan and Death Date: February 8, 1947 of natural causes in Italy. Profile: Born free in the little Sudanese village of Olgossa c. 1869, then captured and sold as a slave when she was about seven years old. Bakhita left this world on 8 February 1947. She was declared “Blessed” on 17 May 1992 and proclaimed a “Saint” on 1 October 2000 in Rome. St. Josephine Bakhita: ‘”I am definitively loved and whatever happens to me – I am awaited by this Love.'”


Saint Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of Sudan, Human trafficking and Slavery-Tentative (Feast Date:February 8)

Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita, Our Universal Sister: “Born free in the little Sudanese village of Olgossa c. 1869, then captured and sold as a slave when she was about seven years old. Bakhita was sold and resold until finally she left her beloved Africa for Italy and a new life began. In her was awakened the knowledge and love of God, her ‘Master’ above all masters and her response in faith, love and gratitude. At the Canossian Convent in Schio, she was engaged in simple tasks in the kitchen, the needlework classroom, and sacristy and as portress at the door. Above all, she had made peace with her past. Bakhita left this world on 8 February 1947. She was declared ‘Blessed’ on 17 May 1992 and proclaimed a ‘Saint’ on 1 October 2000 in Rome. St. Josephine Bakhita: ‘I am definitively loved and whatever happens to me – I am awaited by this Love’. The hope born in her which had ‘redeemed’ her she could not keep to herself; this hope had to reach many, to reach everybody. (Spe Salvi 3, Encyclical Pope Benedict XVI)”

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. (Name) on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Human Trafficking in Somalia (April, 2010-Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 12 – April 25, 2010.

Kala Azar Epidemic in Sudan (November, 2009) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 9 – November 22, 2009.

Rape During War in Sudan (October, 2009) (Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 26 – November 8, 2009.

Ethnic Clashes in Sudan (August, 2009) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 17 – September 13, 2009.

Floods in Sudan (Winter, 2008) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 8 – December 21, 2008.

Genocide in Darfur (Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 10 – November 23, 2008.


That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,

make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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