6 Intriguing Facts About the Amazing & Courageous St. Josephine Bakhita

Stained Glass of St. Josephine Bakhita, Saint John Paul II Chapel, Mundelein / Fr. Gaurav Shroff, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Feb. 8 is feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita!

The Church celebrates her life and legacy by learning about her journey on earth. We are encouraged to mark this day with prayer for her intercession and celebration of her holy example.

Here are 6 things to know about St. Josephine Bakhita:

Caroline Perkins, ChurchPOP
Caroline Perkins, ChurchPOP

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6 Facts About St Josephine Bakhita

1) Sudanese-Italian Canossian nun who survived 12 years of brutal slavery.

2) The name ‘Bakhita’ was given to her by her ensalver, it means “lucky” or “fortunate”.

3) Her feast day marks an international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking.

4) Learned about God when she served a family in Italy and converted as an adult.

5) Assisted religious community through cooking, sewing, embroidery, and welcoming visitors at the door.

6) Forgave her captors, “I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that had not happened, I would not be a Christian and a religious today.”

More About St. Josephine Bakhita

Not only is St. Josephine Bakhita the patron saint of Sudan and victims of human trafficking, but she is also a great saint to look to as an example of forgiveness – just look back at fact number six!

I suggest adding this prayer for her intercession in honor of her feast day.

Prayer for the Intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita:

St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child
and endured untold hardship and suffering.
Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.

O St. Bakhita,
assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery;
Intercede with God on their behalf
so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.

Those whom man enslaves,
let God set free.
Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you
as an example of hope and faith.

Help all survivors find healing from their wounds.
We ask for your prayers and intercessions
for those enslaved among us.


Prayer source: USCCB

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[See also: 4 Timeless Bits of Wisdom from the Amazing St. John Bosco, Patron Saint of Youth]

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Caroline Perkins is the Brand Content Editor at Church POP. She lives in Denver with her husband and three children. She is also founder and designer of Be Still By Caroline and the author of "ABC Get to Know the Saints with Me!".



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