S+L logo

Getting to know: Blessed Isidore Bakanja

July 16, 2013
Blessed Isidore Bakanja
Blessed Isidore Bakanja was born around 1887 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then the Belgian Congo). He was baptized on 15 August 1909 at eighteen years of age through the ministry of Cistercian missionaries. Isidore was a very devout convert and catechist. He had a great love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, which he expressed through recitation of the Rosary and by being invested with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. One day after discovering that he was Christian, Isidore's employers ordered him to cease sharing the Gospel and to remove his scapular. Isidore's refusal to comply with the demands, resulted in him being beaten and chained. However, before dying from his injuries he said that he would pray for his persecutors in heaven. Isidore Bakanja is considered a strong witness to the grace of reconciliation.

Blessed Isidore Bakanja Martyr of the Carmelite Brown Scapular, pray for us!
To find out more about this year's World Youth in Rio de Janiero, Brazil visit wydcentral.org
All images courtesy of rio2013.com

Related posts

Read this reflection by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, on the life of St. Teresa of Kolkata, one of the greatest saints of modern times. ...read more
Prayer to St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church on his Feast Day – August 28
As we celebrate the memorial of St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, read this beautiful prayer written by Pope St. John Paul II in 2004. ...read more
Blessed Paul VI and the Feast of the Transfiguration
Read Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B's reflection as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Blessed Paul VI and the Feast of the Transfiguration. ...read more
St. John Marie Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests
"The Church wants not only learned priests but, even more, holy ones." Fr. Thomas Rosica reflects on the life of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. ...read more
The Feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne
Matteo Ciofi reports from Rome on how the Vatican is celebrating the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. ...read more