Our Spiritual Father
While the Gospel has not preserved any of his words, his actions have resounded through the ages. Joseph of Nazareth stands out as the model par excellence of Christian virtue, a brilliant example of obedience to God and trust in Divine Providence. His role as protector of families in the difficulties of life and Patron of the universal Church has never been more clearly needed. Now, in this Year of St. Joseph, the Church is seeking to deepen its understanding of the Guardian of Jesus and of the Holy Family.
Featuring interviews with leading experts and theologians, in addition to powerful first-hand testimonials — St. Joseph: Our Spiritual Father provides viewers with a glimpse into one of the most incredible lives in all of human history — a figure whose spiritual fatherhood remains open to all of us.
“In St. Joseph, we see our mission and mandate. Guard the family. Guard the truth. He led through service and creative courage. So must we. It is the only way to overcome the hurdles facing our families, the Church and our culture.”
— Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly
Beginning October 10, and running for six consecutive weeks, St. Joseph: Our Spiritual father will air on ABC affiliates across the United States through a partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. Check back for further updates.
The Church’s appreciation for the head of the Holy Family has developed over millennia.
The deepest meaning of chivalry is to use one’s strength to defend the faith and the vulnerable, and to do so without any regard for one’s own self-interest. Nobility exists precisely in self-surrender, which is clearly exemplified in St. Joseph.
St. Joseph and Father Michael J. McGivney teach us how to be faithful protectors and humble men of God.
Because of his closeness to Jesus and Mary, St. Joseph has a personal relationship with all Christians. But in a particular way, Catholic husbands and fathers turn to St. Joseph as a heavenly model and friend.
Today, more than ever, we need the patron saint of fathers and of the Church
Opportunities to exercise the “servant leadership” exemplified by St. Joseph may frequently present themselves in men’s daily lives.
Consider these five “countercultural” qualities of Joseph that can be instructive to fathers and their families.
On the day of his installation, June 11, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly consecrated his administration to the Guardian of the Redeemer.
On the feast of St. Joseph, college Knights at the University of Notre Dame consecrated themselves to the Patron of the Universal Church.
There is nothing more effective at evangelizing the culture than regular, everyday people choosing to live their faith in their homes, councils, community and parish.