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 Black Catholics: Josephine Bakhita  
Life Historical Timeline
1869 Born in OLGOSSA, a village in DARFUR, Sudan (Africa).
1875 Kidnapped, sold as a slave more than once.
1883 Sold to the Italian Consul, Callisto Legnani.
1885 Traveled to Italy. Given to Augusto Michieli.
1888 Stayed in Venice at the Catechumenate run by the Canossian Sisters.
1890 9 January: Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion in Venice.
1893 Entered the Canossian Novitiate in Venice.
1896 Religious Profession - Verona.
1902 Transferred to SCHIO.
1927 10 August: Perpetual Profession Venice.
1947 8 February: Holy Death - Schio.
1978 1st December: Decree on the heroism of her virtues.
1992 17 May: Beatification St. Peter's Square, Rome.
1997 30 August: A relic of Saint Bakhita was sealed in the Alter Table of the Mother of Africa Chapel.
2000 1 October - Canonization

Listening to What Bakhita Says

I have given everything to my Master: He will take care of me… The best thing for us is not what we consider best, but what the Lord wants of us!

I received the Sacrament of Baptism with such joy that only angels could describe…

O Lord, if I could fly to my people and tell them of your Goodness at the top of my voice: oh, how many souls would be won!

If I were to meet the slave-traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and Religious today…

The Lord has loved me so much: we must love everyone… we must be compassionate!

I can truly say that it was a miracle I did not die, because the Lord has destined me for greater things…

Mary protected me even before I knew her!

When a person loves another dearly, he desires strongly to be close to the other: therefore, why be afraid to die? Death brings us to God!


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,

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