Statue of St Bakhita

In St Josephine Bakhita we find a shining advocate of genuine emancipation. The history of her life inspires not passive acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively to free girls and women from oppression and violence, and to return them to their dignity in the full exercise of their rights.

St. Bakhita’s Community was formed in 2004. With the help of Monsignor Val Gross and the approval of Bishop Samuel Aquila, the community was able to start it’s activities here at Sts. Anne & Joachim church.

The community was named after the well known Sudanese, Saint Josephine Bakhita. To learn more about St. Bakhita, click here. The name Bakhita in Arabic means “The Lucky One.”

St. Bakhita’s Community started with about 30 registered families. This number has doubled over the past four years. It was initially formed by Sudanese who were resettled in Fargo. The community has since been joined by other African neighboring communities such as Burundi, Tanzania, and Congo.

The first Mass, which involved a Baptism, was conducted on December 12, 2004 by Monsignor Val Gross.