Catholic Charities of South Georgia








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.



Read the 2016 Catholic Charities of South Georgia Annual Report!



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."
St. Josephine was beatified in 1992 and canonized on October 1, 2000 by Pope John Paul II. She is the first person to be canonized from Sudan and is the patron saint of the country.
St. Josephine Bakhita's legacy is that transformation is possible through suffering. Pope Benedict XVI, on 30 November 2007, in the beginning of his second encyclical letter Spe Salvi (In Hope We Were Saved), relates St. Josephine Bakhita's entire life story as an outstanding example of the Christian hope.
Pastoral and Faith Resources

  • Check out the  New Service Prayer Tool Kit created by the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) for February 8, 2017.
  • More pastoral and faith resources can be found in their website.

Educational Resources


2017 Catholic Charities Leadership Class

December 6, 2016 The Four Cardinal Virtues
Joe Mullin

January 10, 2017  Working for the Common Good
​Terry Tolbert

​                   February 7, 2017   Ethics and Economics
​               ​                                     John Roth





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