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Who was Josephine Bakhita

About Josephine Bakhita Josephine Bakhita

Josephine Bakhita was a remarkable woman who exemplified all for which the Order of The Daughters of the King stands. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan, Africa in 1869. She was kidnapped as a child and endured many harsh years of slavery. Eventually, after many years of cruelty and hardship, she was bought by an Italian Consul named Callisto Legnani. Legani and his family treated her much more humanely. Enjoying peace and even love for the first time since her kidnapping, she was given to a family friend when the Legnani's moved on. The Michieli family later made a career move, forcing them to leave Bakhita in the care of the Canossian Sisters of the Institute of the Catechumens in Venice. Through these Daughters of Charity, she learn about God. She grew to love the sisters and sought to live as one of them, loving God, whom she felt had directed her path straight to Him. It was there that she made her conversion to Christianity.

She received the new name Josephine, on January 9, 1890, when she received the sacraments of Christian initiation. Experiencing inconceivable trauma during her kidnapping caused Bakhita to forget her birth name. She was named Bakhita, which means 'fortunate' by her Arab kidnappers. It's said that Bakhita, while with the Canossian Sisters, was frequently seen kissing the baptismal font, saying 'Here, I became a daughter of God!' Josephine Bakhita is known for her humility, service to others, evangelism, and love of God. She spoke these words: 'Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him....'

Josephine died in 1947. Prior to that, she spent 50 years serving and encouraging others with grace, humility and love. Her canonization process began 12 years later. On December 1, 1978 the Catholic church proclaimed the Decree of the heroic practice of all virtues, which eventually lead, in 2000, to the Pope declaring Josephine Bakhita a saint.