Blessed Benedict Daswa (16 June 1946 – 2 February 1990), born Tshimangadzo Samuel Daswa, was a South African school teacher and principal. He was given the name of “Samuel” by his parents when he started to attend school and assumed the name “Benedict” upon his conversion. A local mob murdered him when he refused to fund their anti-Catholic witchcraft superstitions. He had been viewed as a martyr after his death and his martyrdom was confirmed in 2015, paving the way for his beatification. He was beatified in Limpopo on 13 September 2015. Cardinal Angelo Amato – on behalf of Pope Francis – presided over the beatification Mass.
Blessed Trinity, You filled the heart of Blessed Benedict Daswa with great love and zeal for building up Your Kingdom. You chose him and gave him the courage and strength to stand up for his faith without fear and to bear witness to it even unto death. Loving God, like him, may we always proclaim the truth of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by the witness of our life. Keep us away from all deeds of darkness; protect us from evil spirits and the powers of evil. Make us true apostles of life in our families and in society. Father, through Blessed Benedict Daswa’s intercession and if it accords with Your will, grant us this grace which we now ask of You … (State your intentions…) May we always draw strength and courage from the life of your Servant Benedict Daswa whom we in South Africa venerate as our intercessor and model of holiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.