Saint Josephine Bakhita

Saint Josephine Bakhita (1869 – 1947) was a Canossian Daughter of Charity Nun in Italy. She was born in Dakar Sudan in the village of Olgossa. She was known for her gentleness, calming voice and ever-present smile.

She was captured by The Arab Slave Trade at age 9. She was forced to Islam and later choose Catholicism.

Her canonization began only twelve years after her death. Pope John Paul II declared Josephine Venerabilis the first step of canonization on December 1, 1978. On May 17, 1992 she was declared Blessed and on Feb 8 was her given feast day. On Oct 1, 2000 she was canonized and became Saint Josephine Bakhita.

 

O Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we thank you for the gifts
of humility and charity
which you bestowed on
Blessed Josephine Bakhita
Deign to glorify her
for her singular virtues
and grant the prayers
of those who invoke her,
Amen