Year of Saint Joseph 2021

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021. 🌎 News story: English 🇬🇧🇺🇸 / Spanish 🇪🇸🇲🇽

Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) — Pope Francis’ apostolic letter “On the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church,” released Dec. 8, 2020, in which he announced the Year of Saint Joseph.

Church grants plenary indulgences for Year of St. Joseph — Coinciding with Patris corde, the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree granting special indulgences for the duration of the special year to celebrate the anniversary and “to perpetuate the entrustment of the whole Church to the powerful patronage of the Custodian of Jesus.” 🌎 News story: English 🇬🇧🇺🇸 / Spanish 🇪🇸🇲🇽

Prayer Resources

Formation Resources

  • Webinar: Honoring St. Joseph in the Church’s Liturgy — Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco of the Diocese of Rockville Centre offers a special webinar on St. Joseph in the Church’s liturgy. The presentation includes an exploration of the solemnities, feasts, and memorials of St. Joseph, as well as readings and the prayers of the Mass as they relate to the Universal Patron of the Church.
  • Portrait of a Person of Joseph: St. Joseph as a Refugee — A video presentation by Sr. Rosalie Carven, CSJ. ▶️ Watch YouTube video
  • Year of Saint Joseph — A video presentation by Sr. Marie O’Hagan, SSJ. ▶️ Watch YouTube video

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