Year of Saint Joseph
December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021
On the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph
as Patron of the Universal Church
Catholics around the world rejoice over the Holy Father’s proclamation of the Holy Year of St. Joseph, which began on December 8, 2020 and ends December 8, 2021. The entire Archdiocese of Philadelphia is encouraged to spend this year growing closer to St. Joseph by honoring him, imitating his virtues and asking for his intercession. May this be a year of great grace for all of us as we more deeply entrust ourselves to the care of our spiritual father. To submit an event or resource for consideration for this website, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Document: Guidance for our Archdiocesan Observance of the Year of St. Joseph (Español)
- Webinar recording: Our Archdiocesan Observance of the Year of St. Joseph
- Apostolic Letter Patris Corde of His Holiness Pope Francis (Español)
- Gift of Indulgences for the Year of St. Joseph (Diocese of Charlotte)
Check this website often for new events and resources for the celebration of this holy year!
Save the Date! September 30 to November 1, 2021
Event: 33-Day Preparation for Consecration to St. Joseph
Join us at the Cathedral as we pray and reflect on our spiritual father, St. Joseph, in preparation for making a total consecration of ourselves to him on November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints. We will follow the book, Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father, by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC (English / Español / eBook). Events will be planned to accompany our journey. More information is coming soon.
To submit an event for this website, please email the information to email@example.com.
Below you will find links to the Church’s prayers and devotions in honor of St. Joseph.
Prayers and Devotions to St. Joseph
- To You, O Blessed Joseph, Pope Leo XIII: English / Español
- Litany of St. Joseph*: English / Español / Latin
- Carmelite Prayers to St. Joseph
- List of St. Joseph Devotions, Diocese of Charlotte
- Prayers to St. Joseph, Diocese of Charlotte
- Prayer to St. Joseph, Carmelite Sisters of Terre Haute, IN
- Year of St. Joseph Resource, Diocese of Phoenix: English / Español
Archdiocesan Novena to St. Joseph
(To be prayed on the 19th of each month from March 19-November 19, 2021)
The Archdiocesan Novena to Saint Joseph can be prayed in any setting, especially before or after Holy Mass and/or at parish meetings, in the classroom and in the family home. The praying of this Novena is to unite everyone in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the 19th of each month, from March through November 2021, in single petition of confident prayer to the Lord through the heavenly intercession of Saint Joseph. Please keep in mind the monthly Archdiocesan intention, found on page 4 of the Novena below.
New Additions to the Litany of St. Joseph
On May 1, the Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments published the additions to the official Litany of Saint Joseph. The additions were approved by Pope Francis, and drew the new invocations mainly from modern papal texts about St. Joseph, including Pope Francis’ December apostolic letter (Patris Corde—a Father’s Heart) proclaiming a Year of St. Joseph and St. John Paul II’s 1989 apostolic exhortation (“Redemptoris Custo: Protector of the Redeemer). Pope Francis wanted, as he wrote in his letter, “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.” So the Congregation deemed it appropriate to update the 112-year-old litany. Providing only the Latin-language version of the invocations, the congregation said it would be up to bishops’ conferences to translate the phrases and to add others if St. Joseph is invoked by their people in a particular way. Here are the unofficial translations of these new invocations:
- Custos Redemptori (Protector of the Redeemer)
- Serve Christ (Servant of Christ)
- Minister salutis (Minister of salvation)
- Fulcimen in difficultatibus (Support in difficulty)
- Patrone exsulum (Patron of refugees)
- Patrone afflictorum (Patron of the afflicted)
- Patrone pauperum (Patron of the poor).
Quotes from the Saints about St. Joseph
- 10 Quotes from Brick House in the City
- Saint Quotes, Diocese of Charlotte
- Saints Devoted to St. Joseph, Diocese of Charlotte
Shrines Dedicated to St. Joseph
Below you will find faith formation ministries and tools that can help you grow closer to St. Joseph during the Holy Year.
- Spiritual Program: Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father, by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC: English / Español / eBook
- Spiritual Program: 33-Day Consecration to St. Joseph, Archdiocese of Detroit: English / Español
- Knights of Columbus Year of St. Joseph Resources
- Podcast: Fatima, St. Joseph and His Year to Rebuild with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
- USCCB Year of St. Joseph website (Click here)
- Compilation of articles and resources on St. Joseph, Diocese of Phoenix (Click here)
- Compilation of St. Joseph Resources, Oblates of St. Joseph (Click here)
- Recording of Cathedral Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, March 19, 2021
For Families and Youth
- St. Joseph Resource for Children from the Missionary Childhood Association
- Building the Domestic Church Guide, Knights of Columbus (Español)
- Consecration to the Holy Family, Knights of Columbus (Español)
- EWTN Cartoon, St. Joseph
- Blog post: St. Joseph Activities and Crafts for Families
For Men – Cultivating Authentic Masculinity with St. Joseph
Listed below are the Magisterial teachings of the Church on St. Joseph. May the contemplation of these teachings draw us deeper into relationship with St. Joseph, our protector and spiritual father!
Tyrolese Art Glass Co. stained glass image of St. Joseph
Parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have the permission of St. Joseph’s University to use the circular stained glass image of St. Joseph at the link below in their promotions for their observance of the Year of St. Joseph. Copyright text, if desired: Tyrolese Art Glass Co., Austria, 1899 / Courtesy Saint Joseph’s University Collection, Philadelphia
- Click here to download the image file (If a higher resolution is needed, please email Meghan Cokeley.)
Social Media and Electronic Communications
Use the graphics below on your parish website, social media and electronic and print communications to invite people to participate in the Year of St. Joseph.
- Web banner and/or email header with website: English / Español
- Web banner and/or email header without website: English / Español
- Instagram: English / Español
- Facebook: English / Español
- Twitter: English / Español
Image of St. Joseph in all graphics used with permission: Tyrolese Art Glass Co., Austria, 1899 / Courtesy Saint Joseph’s University Collection, Philadelphia
Bulletin Announcements (English / Español)
Año de San José – 8 de diciembre del 2020 al 8 de diciembre del 2021
Los católicos de todo el mundo se regocijan por la apertura del Santo Padre del Año Santo de San José para conmemorar el 150 aniversario de la proclamación de San José como Patrón de la Iglesia Universal. La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia te anima a pasar este año acercándote más a San José honrándolo, imitando sus virtudes y pidiendo su intercesión. Para encontrar eventos locales, oraciones y recursos para el estudio de la fe para celebrar el Año de San José, visite archphila.org/joseph.