Koinonia 2021 – 2 (N.110): Saint Joseph, “Shadow of the Father”

Saint Joseph, “Shadow of the Father”


We link almost immediately Saint Joseph to the virtues of silence and work, but probably not so immediately to our ideas of husband and father. Yet, he is the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the father of Jesus. This year, the Church commemorates 150 years of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1870. To mark this recurrence, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter, Patris corde “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal”.  This is also our prayer as we offer this short article to the OFS, the Franciscan Youths (YouFra) and their spiritual assistants. We shall articulate this article around the following three themes: Being the shadow of the Father, the vocation of a father and, Saint Joseph and formation.


  • Koinonia 2021-2Saint Joseph, “Shadow of the Father”

N. 110

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