CHS Launches new House

Last Updated: Thursday, 12 February 2015 Published: Monday, 09 February 2015 Written by Daria L. Mitchell Sorhaindo

Convent High school launches its new house- St Josephine Bakhita, the PURPLE house, on Monday 9 February with a special mass at 8.30 a.m. at the Roseau Cathedral Chapel.  This day also marks the First "International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking" which will be celebrated in all dioceses and parishes in the world yesterday on 8 February 2015. All alumnae are invited.

St Josephine Bakhita ,Mother Moretta,  was born in Sudan in 1869 where she was kidnapped and sold into slavery around the age of 7. The name Bakhita, means “fortunate” and  was given to her by her kidnappers. Sold in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum, she experienced the physical and moral humiliations and sufferings of slavery. She was taken to Italy and their joined the Canossian sisters in Schio Italy. Her humility, simplicity and constant smile won the hearts of all the citizens. Her sisters in the community esteemed her for her constant sweet nature, exquisite goodness and deep desire to make the Lord known. "Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know him. What a great grace it is to know God!", she said.

 St. Josephine Bakhita  died on 8 February 1947. She was beatified on 17 May 1992, and Canonized on 1 October 2000.

adapted from Catholic Online - St. Josephine Bakhita

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