With the publication of his Apostolic Letter, Patris corde, on December 8th 2020, Pope Francis proclaimed a “Year of St. Joseph” which will extend until the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2021. According to Vatican News, “The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of ‘ordinary’ people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, ‘the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,’ who nonetheless played ‘an incomparable role in the history of salvation.'” Read more about Pope Francis’s proclamation here.
The Congregation of St. Joseph is excited to welcome this year of celebration for St. Joseph, our patron saint, and to continue to share the many ways that St. Joseph can teach us how to live and love in our world. We invite you to join us in prayer, and to watch for the ways that we will be honoring this important saint during the Pope’s proclaimed year.
Daily Prayer to St. Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
– From Pope Francis, Patris corde
Prayer to St. Joseph
Faithful Joseph: Teach us to listen and not be afraid;
to trust as you did in God’s promise.
Loving Joseph: Teach us to love courageously
with a heart that is free and just.
Protector Joseph: Teach us to protect one another
and all that belongs to God.
Dreamer Joseph: Teach us to dream a world where all are neighbors;
a vision illumined by God’s light.
Teacher Joseph: Teach us to keep the Word of God close to our hearts
and to proclaim It in word and action.
Gentle Joseph: Teach us to be gentle witl1 our power
and strong in our tenderness.
Parent Joseph: Teach us to be for our children a living lesson of Goodness and Truth,
a Blessing of Hope for all generations to come.
– by Sister Kathy Sherman, CSJ
Joseph: From Man with the Lily to Patron of the Universal Church by Sister Marianne Race
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