Toronto, Canada is preparing for a glorious pilgrimage that will unite various communities!
The St. Josephine Bakhita Black Heritage Group invites city-residents and tourists who will be visiting Toronto alike; to take a BUS TRIP to the Canadian Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario
on SATURDAY AUGUST 24th, 2013!
View FLYER, click mid-screen to zoom in, click on FLYER LINK HERE !
BUS TRANSPORTATION itinerary:
Departure from TORONTO at 7 a.m.
Departure from MIDLAND at 3:30 p.m. (for the return-trip)
In the words of the St. Josephine Bakhita Black Heritage Group:
‘To mark the YEAR OF FAITH, a monument in Honour of
Our LADY of KIBEHO will be installed.’
Attendants can look forward to a day of PRAISE and WORSHIP including a Youth Festival of Arts, Drama & Music!
Contribute ONLY $20 to take this JOURNEY!
Contact (Lead Organizer) Madame AUDREY JOHNSON at 905-472-3337.
The parishioners of Prince of Peace, Our Lady of Good Counsel and the St. Josephine Bakhita Black Heritage Group are based in the Greater Toronto and York Region.
Viewers may enjoy this INVITATIONAL VIDEO, click to VIEW:
PART 1 VIDEO LINK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBBK3gJc0Z0
PART 2 VIDEO LINK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmTdU6c2Uf8
During an interview with Madame Audrey Johnson (one of the Lead Organizers of this Bus Trip and Event), she shared HER OWN testimony of WHY YOUTH are encouraged to attend. She shared her joy with EXAMINER NEWS, in the same energy and excitement within which this historical account had been originally delivered to her.
Quoting the words of Madame Audrey Johnson, she expressed the following:
‘In St Josephine Bakhita we find an outstanding witness to God’s fatherly love and bright sign of the enduring value of the Beatitudes. In our time when the race for power, money and pleasure causes distrust, violence and loneliness, the Lord is giving us St Josephine Bakhita as the Universal Sister, so that she may reveal to us the secret of the truest happiness. Born in Darfur, Sudan, Bakhita was kidnapped at the age of seven years of age and encountered harsh slavery for 6 years, where she was sold and resold into brutal slavery before reaching adulthood; she could not remember her real name and one or her torturers inflicted 114 cuts with a razor on her body. She ended up being bought and taken to Italy by an Italian government official who then passed her on to another family, the Michielis, where she became the nursemaid to the little daughter, Mimminato…
In fact, it was in taking this child to school run by the Daughters of Charity that Bakhita heard the message that offered her the hope she had never dreamed was possible. Each day Bakhita overhead the religion lessons and ultimately came to embrace the faith in Christ and became a Roman Catholic. Later, after winning her freedom through the court system in Venice, she became a religious nun with the Daughters of Charity.
Her life was marked by unconditional surrender to the will of God. Her motto was: ‘What the Master Wishes.’ She always showed herself to be a true ‘Daughter of Charity, Servant of the Poor.’ The virtues that marked her relationship with her neighbors are goodness, meekness, tenderness and the value of forgiveness is always evident in Bakhita. There was no resentment in her words, even towards those who had enslaved her. The Canossian Daughter of Charity says, ‘Her life was marked by unconditional surrender to the will of God.’ She had forgiven everyone from her heart and prayed for them all.
St Josephine Bakhita is one of the Church’s newest saints. Pope John Paul 11 canonized her during the Jubilee Year 2000 and at her beatification in 1992, he spoke of her hope, saying,
Blessed Josephine Bakhita, in her humility and her total abandonment to God, teaches us not only to work and to pray, but above all to trust. Through her tragic experiences, she learned, by God’s grace, to have complete faith in him, that he is present always and everywhere, and to be therefore good and generous, constantly and toward everyone.
Bakhita’s words quoted by Pope Benedict XV1 are a vibrant example of what hope is all about: ‘I am definitively love and whatever happens to me- I am awaited by this Love; and so my life is good.’
Josephine knew that we can look forward to something better following the difficulties of life.
Moreover, she knew that ‘someone’ is with us in the midst of life and awaits us at the end of it.
When asked about ‘Our Lady of Kibeho’, she was referred to as the ‘Mother of the Word’ who comes to speak to the whole world.
In 1994, the Church in Rwanda and the people of Rwanda lived genocide and unbelievable massacres. Among the promising signs, there is the increase in the devotion to Our Lady of Kibeho, whose apparitions have been recognized by the Church. The central message of these apparitions was conversion while there is still time. After the genocide, this message was understood as a premonition that the Mother of the Word addressed to us, twelve years before the catastrophe. Thus, the Virgin Mary is always next to her Son who gives Himself in sacrifice for the salvation of all-many sisters and brothers.
The HISTORY of the St. Josephine Bakhita Monument unveiling can be viewed on these article links below:
ARTICLE, CLICK ON PART 1
ARTICLE, CLICK ON PART 2