Michele Boucher prays to St. Joseph seeking intercession for her 16-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy. She didn’t know this was a possibility until she participated in a 33-day study about becoming consecrated to St. Joseph.
St. Joseph is as relevant today as he was during the birth and boyhood of Jesus. That understanding was illuminated for hundreds of parishioners in the Diocese of Brooklyn during the “Year of St. Joseph,” which concluded Dec. 8. Pope Francis established this dedicated year for the Church worldwide, and it bore fruit locally.
Bishop Robert J. Brennan celebrated Mass Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph to observe World Youth Day. He urged youth teenagers from across the Diocese of Brooklyn to be like St. Joseph, cast off fear, and “Don’t be afraid to give yourself to Jesus.”
As part of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, the U.S. Catholic Church’s annual Respect Life Month celebration in October “highlights the example of that great saint” as protector of life, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio joined hundreds more for Mass celebrating the 125th year of St. Joseph’s Seminary & College at Dunwoodie, Yonkers. Auxiliary Bishop James Massa, the rector, said the hill-top campus is “merely a branch campus of the one that the Great Teacher founded back in Galilee, two millennia ago.”