St Josephine Bakhita , also known as Madre Moretta

St Josephine Bakhita

Celebrated on February 8th


Also known as Madre Moretta. Born in the Sudan in 1869 to a wealthy family, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of nine and sold into slavery. Sold and re-sold, she was bought by Callisto Legnani, the Italian consul in Khartoum. and taken to Italy to become the nanny of a friend’s daughter. They were both looked after by the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Venice.

Josephine was baptised in 1890 and took vows in 1896. She worked as a cook, seamstress and porter. Her gentle presence, warm, amiable voice, and willingness to help with any menial task were a comfort to the poor and suffering people who came to the door of the Institute.

After a biography of her was published in 1930, she became a noted and sought after speaker, raising funds to support missions. She died in 1947 and was canonised in 2000.
(from ICN)

Film Trailer – BAKHITA: From Slave to Saint
Moving story about Josephina Bakhita, the Saint of the Sudan and her many trials, abuses, and her conversion to the Catholic faith. Directed by Giacamo Campiotti .


Our bishop, Cardinal John Dew, did a wonderful homily about St Josephine Bakhita last October, when talking about the horrors of slavery.

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EWTN played the movie last week, part 1, and this week, part 2… Such a MOVING, LOVING film. I wish everyone would watch it…

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