A Prayer Service for Victims of Human Trafficking and Slavery


Saint Josephine BakhitaI recently had the opportunity to speak with Brian Willis, director of Global Health Promise, about his efforts to establish a national day of prayer on the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita to pray for worldwide victims of human trafficking and slavery. Archbishop John Vlazny wrote on Brian’s efforts here at the Catholic Sentinel.  According to UN agencies, millions of men, women and children are trafficked for labor and sexual exploitation annually and up to 27 million people globally are in slavery.  Many of these victims are mothers and their children.

Brian’s efforts have led to a special prayer service, to be held on St. Josephine Bakhita’s feast day, Monday, February 8th at 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  I hope that those of you living near Portland can gather at the prayer service for readings, reflections and music.  For the rest of us, those living outside Portland in warm homes with well cared for families, let us as mom pause for some quiet prayer time on February 8th to pray for St. Josephine Bakhita’s intercession in this global crisis.  For additional information, please visit the Global Health Promise website and please consider supporting this important effort.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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