Patron Saint of the Universal Church (First Century)
+ Joseph was a poor tradesman (tektōn, cf. Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3) in the village of Nazareth.
+ Following the announcement by an angel that Mary was to be the mother of Jesus, Joseph willingly accepted the responsibility of caring for the young mother and her child despite the social stigma this would cause. Joseph is a model for accepting in faith what God asks of us.
+ Joseph became the first teacher of Jesus, helping the young man learn not only his trade but also about the ways of faith and life in the world.
+ Sacred Scripture is silent about the end of Joseph’s life, but tradition holds that Joseph died before Jesus began his public ministry.
+ A feast in honor of Saint Joseph was first celebrated by Coptic Christians in the fifth century. The first liturgical celebration of Saint Joseph in the Western Church first appears on a French calendar around the year 800. The Feast of Saint Joseph was added to the universal calendar of the Church sometime after 1505.
+ Blessed Pope Pius IX declared Saint Joseph to be the patron and protector of the Universal Church and Pope Benedict XVI decreed that Joseph name should be included in the Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass.
+ On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis inaugurated a special Jubilee Year in honor of Saint Joseph in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Blessed Pope Pius IX.
For prayer and reflection
“Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.”—Pope Francis in Patris Corde
– The Sisters of St. Joseph serving in the United States and throughout the world: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisters_of_St._Joseph
– The Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery (Tulsa, OK): www.stjosephmonastery.org
– The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Carmel of St. Joseph (Piedmont, OK): www.okcarmel.org
– The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Monastery of St. Joseph and St. Teresa (Covington, LA): www.covingtoncarmel.org
– The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Carmel of St. Joseph (St. Louis County, MO): www.stlouiscarmel.com
– The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Monastery of St. Joseph (Shoreline, WA): www.seattlecarmel.org
-The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady and St. Joseph (Concord, NH): www.concordcarmel.org
The Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery (Whitesville, KY): www.passionistnuns.org
– The Benedictine Monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey (St. Benedict, LA): www.saintjosephabbey.com
– The Capuchin Franciscan Friars of St. Joseph Province: www.capuchinfranciscans.org
– The Discalced Carmelite Friars of St. Joseph Province: www.discalcedcarmelitefriars.com
– The Josephite Priests and Brothers: www.josephites.org
– Oblates of St. Joseph (Priests and Brothers): www.osjusa.org
– The Trappist Monks of St. Joseph Abbey (Spencer, MA): www.spencerabbey.org
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by Saint Joseph’s intercession
your Church may constantly watch over
the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.