Year of Saint Joseph

During this year, the Church will celebrate a Year of Saint Joseph, hailing him as a model of fatherhood and a key intercessor in modern times.

In a his Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde, Pope Francis marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of Saint Joseph as a Patron of the Universal Church.  The document also details several conditions under which a plenary indulgence will be available.

Resources for the Year of Saint Joseph

Year of Saint Joseph Online Conference

March 19, 2021

As part of the Year of Saint Joseph called for by Pope Francis, the National Shrine of St. Joseph will host a virtual conference and rededicate the saint’s statue.  The event takes place on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, and includes a day of prayer and talks from Catholic leaders.  Learn more and register.

Pope Francis’s Prayer to Saint Joseph

At the end of his Apostolic Letter, Pope Francis encourages the faithful to pray the following prayer:

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.