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February 2, 2024

Josephine Bakhita: From Slavery to Freedom

February 2, 2024
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From Slavery to Freedom

Get ready to embark on an all-new audio journey from The Merry Beggars. "Josephine Bakhita," the upcoming release in "The Saints: Adventures of Faith and Courage" series, tells the stirring life story of Josephine Margaret Bakhita. Her incredible journey witnesses to the beauty and power of freedom - a freedom granted by a deep interior conversion prompted by her encounter with Christ.

A Childhood Marked by Tragedy

Born into a respected family in what is now Sudan, Josephine's life took a harrowing turn when she was abducted by slave traders at a young age. Her story of captivity and eventual freedom paints a vivid picture of resilience against the darkest odds.

A Name Symbolizing Fortune Amid Suffering

Ironically named 'Bakhita,' meaning 'lucky' or 'fortunate' in Arabic by her captors, she carried this name through her life's journey. It became a symbol of her unyielding spirit, as she transformed from a life marked by suffering to one filled with hope and faith.

Journey to Freedom and Faith

Josephine's path to freedom eventually lead her to the Canossian sisters in Italy. It was here that she embraced Catholicism, dedicating her life to serving others and becoming a beloved figure in her community and beyond. What had started out as a small voice telling her to seek God blossomed into a vocation as a Canossian sister. She was asked by a superior to travel and tell her story to other nuns as a means of forming and evangelizing her fellow sisters.

A Saint for the Modern Millennium

Josephine Bakhita's story is not just one of overcoming immense adversity; it's a testament to the power of faith and forgiveness. Her canonization in 2000 marked her as the first black woman saint in the modern millennium.

Tune in for an Immersive Experience

The Merry Beggars has developed an incredible production process spanning 9 months and involving hundreds of artists. As Josephine Bakhita unfolds across five gripping episodes, listeners are transported to another world. Sign up for free at to discover Bakhita's journey from slavery to freedom.

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