Impelled by the love and teaching of Jesus Christ, we work in collaboration with parish communities and other organizations to serve the needy in South Georgia. Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person we offer life-giving programs, advocate for the voiceless, and empower the poor and vulnerable to foster a more just society.
Commemoration of the life and legacy of St. Josephine Bakhita,
Feast Day, February 8, 2017
St. Josephine Bakhita was born in 1869, in a small village in the Darfur region of Sudan. She was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. Her captors asked for her name but she was too terrified to remember so they named her "Bakhita," which means "fortunate" in Arabic. She was tortured by her various owners who branded her, beat and cut her. She bore her suffering valiantly though she did not know Christ or the redemptive nature of suffering.
Taken to Italy by an Italian diplomat, Josephine was able to obtain her freedom. She entered the religious life with the Canossian sisters and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery, comforting the poor and suffering, assisting her community and teaching others to love God. She was known for her smile, gentleness and holiness. She even went on record as saying, "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."
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