World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking Diocesan Mass

February 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust St
Owensboro, KY 42301
Lauren Johnson

February 8 is the feast day of Saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita. Saint Josephine was born in 1869 in Sudan, died in 1947, was beatified in 1992 and canonized in 2000. St. Josephine was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. After being bought and sold numerous times, once freed, she became a Canossian nun. She is the patron saint of Sudan.

A diocesan Mass will be held on her feast day, Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00 PM at St. Stephen Cathedral, which is also the world day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking. All are welcome to attend to this Mass or view it via St. Stephen’s livestream on Facebook or YouTube. This Mass is being sponsored by the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative, which is a Catholic Charities of Louisville program to combat human trafficking, and the Diocese of Owensboro Catholic Charities office.

You can read more about St. Josephine and find a prayer here, which is an excerpt from the 2021 National Migration Week: A Collected Book of Prayers for Migrants from the USCCB (available here).