Blessed Benedict Daswa

CatholicTV Webathon Novena: Day 5

Thank you for dedicating nine days of your Lenten journey to the CatholicTV Webathon Novena. Today, Day 5 of the Novena, we ask Blessed Benedict Daswa to pray for us.

Born in 1946, Blessed Benedict Daswa was a member of the Lemba tribe in South Africa. Since the Lemba tribe follows Jewish laws and rituals, Daswa was not exposed to Catholicism until age 15. He was baptized in 1963 after 2 years of instruction, and was confirmed 3 months later. He became a teacher and passionately served the Catholic community in South Africa. Benedict married his wife Shadi in 1974 and together they had 8 children. He helped build a local church and served as a teacher and a principal at a primary school. Benedict was a committed family man and always helped Shadi with the household chores even though this was extremely uncommon at the time. He also built the brick house that he raised his family in. When Benedict’s neighbors sought to hire a sorcerer, Benedict refused their requests for him to financially contribute to their occult practices. Because of this, they stoned and beat him to death. He was just 43 years old. Benedict was declared a martyr because his opposition to witchcraft led to his murder.

Lord, grant us the wisdom to discern and avoid the snares of new age and other occult practices, so we may always follow You faithfully. We ask this through the intercession of Blessed Benedict Daswa. Amen.


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Blessed Benedict Daswa