St. Josephine Bakhita


The patron saint of human trafficking, and a testament to joy and forgiveness. Scroll down to learn about her life!


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St Josephine Bakhita is a testament to forgiveness and love even through the most horrible of situations. Her joy and love is why I decided to make her halo pink with the yellow/gold background of Heaven.

Born in what is now Sudan in 1869, the Saint was abducted by Arab slave traders at the age of 8 and would be bought and sold over 5 times in 12 years.

She eventually was sold to a kind owner, and then gifted away to another family in Italy, where she was left behind in the care of the Canossian Sisters, an order of religious sisters in Venice, while her owners took a trip to Sudan.

It was there that she came to know God, the Creator she had known in her heart all her life without having a name for Him.

When her owners returned to claim her, she refused to leave. The ensuing court case ruled that Bakhita was never legally a slave and her freedom was given to her instantly.

With full control of her life and infinite possibilities, she chose to remain at the convent, entering as a sister 3 years later.

She spent the next 48 years of her life serving the local community with surpassing love and gentleness and a constant smile. And when she died at the age of 78, it took three days to get through everyone who wanted to pay their respects.


Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 9 × 12 × 1 in

5×7, 8×10


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Your Impact

For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

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