Year of Saint Joseph

With the Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.

Holy family statue of Saint Joseph, the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus

The Holy Father’s prayer to Saint 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.

Saint Joseph and baby Jesus

Year of St. Joseph Catechetical Resources

“With a Father’s Heart” Study Guide for Families
Families are invited to embark on a seven-week journey of discovery and reflection on the life of St. Joseph. In this year devoted to St. Joseph, may each member of your family increase his or her love for this great saint, turn him regularly for his intercession and imitate his zeal in growing in holiness. This resource is also available in Spanish.

“With a Father’s Heart” Study Guide for Small Groups
This seven-part guide draws from Scripture, the apostolic letter Patris Corde, and the wisdom of the saints, as it invites us into deeper relationship with St. Joseph. The guide includes reflection questions to help guide personal reflection and small group discussion. This resource is also available in Spanish.

God’s Dream for You: A reflection on what St. Joseph’s life can teach us about the call to a vocation

Plenary Indulgences for the Year of St. Joseph

During the Year of Saint Joseph, the decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary, which is in charge of indulgences, has established that the faithful “following his example can daily strengthen their life of faith in the full fulfillment of God’s will.” They will have “the opportunity to commit themselves, with prayers and good works, to obtain with the help of St. Joseph, head of the heavenly Family of Nazareth, comfort and relief from the serious human and social tribulations that today afflict the contemporary world.”

Consecration to St. Joseph

During this year of St. Joseph, we invite you to consecrate yourself to Joseph.  The 33 days of consecration to St. Joseph is a way to acknowledge that St. Joseph is your spiritual father and that you want to be like him.  To consecrate yourself to St. Joseph, click for readings and prayers in English or Spanish (compiled by the Archdiocese of Detroit).  If you are unable to complete the full consecration to St. Joseph, say a prayer to St. Joseph, like the Litany of St. Joseph or Letanías de San José for 33 days and at the end, pray the prayer of Consecration to St. Joseph or Oración de consagración a San José.

Year of Saint Joseph Events

ADW events for the Year of Saint Joseph will be posted here. Check back to see what is coming up!