The Feast of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church

During this Year of St. Joseph*, the Province web site,, is honoring the foster father of Jesus with a set of paintings commissioned by JoAnn (RIP) and Joseph Murphy and exhibited in the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Diocese of Rockville Centre, St. Joseph’s, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, NY, USA.

* Pope Francis proclaimed the year from Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021 the Year of St. Joseph. In an Apostolic Letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) Pope Francis describes 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.

He writes:

I would like to share some personal reflections on this extraordinary figure, so close to our own human experience. For, as Jesus says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34).

My desire to do so increased during these months of pandemic, when we experienced, amid the crisis, how “our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked. People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history.

Doctors, nurses, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caregivers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests, men and women religious, and so very many others. They understood that no one is saved alone.

Pope Francis,
Patris Corde.

Read on Vatican website