Saint Josephine Bakhita stands as a beacon of faith, resilience and the transformative power of God’s love.

Born in Sudan and enslaved as a child, she endured unspeakable suffering, yet her encounter with the Catholic faith led her to freedom and a profound relationship with Christ. Baptised and named Josephine, she embraced the Christian faith with unwavering devotion.

Her life exemplifies the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and the capacity for forgiveness and healing even in the face of profound injustice.

Canonised as a saint in 2000, Saint Josephine Bakhita is venerated as a symbol of hope and an inspiration to importance of compassion, mercy and the universal call to defend the dignity of every human being.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:4-5