This digital art print of Blessed Isidore Bakanja is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for birthdays, Confirmation, weddings, or Christmas.
Blessed Isidore Bakanja was born in around 1887 at Bokendela in the Congo Free State (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). He was beatified by Pope John Paul II because of his unwavering faith even in the face of persecution, torture, and death, and because he was a witness of the forgiveness that can be experienced between peoples of different races.
Isidore Bakanja welcomed the Christian faith when he was 18 and became a very faithful and devout member of the church. He had a great love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and was almost always seen carrying a rosary and wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
His employers ordered him to stop praying, sharing the Gospel, and wearing the scapular that was always seen around his neck. When he refused, he was brutally beaten and chained. Uncared for, his wounds eventually became infected and his condition worsened. His supervisor tried to keep him out of sight of the plantation’s inspector, but he was eventually discovered and taken for better treatment. At that point however, his condition could not be helped.
Isidore told the inspector that he was dying because he was a Christian, and when the missionaries in the area asked him to forgive the supervisor who had beaten him, he told them he already had, and “when I am in heaven, I shall pray for him very much.”
Bl. Isidore Bakanja is known as “the martyr of the brown scapular” and is depicted with his beloved rosary, wearing the brown scapular he was known for always wearing.