With a Father's Heart
On December 8, 2020, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1870. The Pope said the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn him to reflect more on St. Joseph, as so many people during the pandemic have made hidden sacrifices to protect others, just as St. Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus. He released an Apostolic Letter, Partis Corde (With a Father's Heart) for the Church to reflect on throughout the year. The Year of St. Joseph concludes on December 8, 2021.
During the time of quaratine in March 2020, Archbishop Listecki consecrated the entire Archdiocese of Milwaukee to the paternal care and protection of St. Joseph. In the Gospels, St. Joseph is depicted as silent, faithful, and peaceful, even in the face of grave danger and suffering. For those reasons, St. Joseph provides a compelling witness and model for how we can maintain communion with God in these challenging times.
While it is appropriate to consecrate oneself on any day of the year, people often choose to do it on a feast day of St. Joseph. We encourage you to prepare for and consecrate yourself to St. Joseph on March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph Husband of Mary, or on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.