St Josephine Bakhita was born in Southern Sudan in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. She was treated brutally by her captors as she was sold and resold. She did not remember her name: Bakhita, which means “fortunate one,” was the name given to her by her kidnappers. Her feastday, 8th Febrauary, has been named as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. To learn more about the life of Josephine Bakhita download a reflection sheet, or view a YouTube clip about her life. Homily Notes for this feast can be obtained here.
We are invited to prepare for this day with daily prayer as per the attached graphic prepared by the Sisters of St Joseph of Orange. Download a copy of the graphic here.
The Canossian Sisters have prepared a novena that can used to reflect on the life of St Josephine Bakhita and pray through her intercession. Download a copy of the Novena to Saint Bakhita.