Year of Saint Joseph

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph to run through December 8, 2021. This special year marks the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX. In his Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), which Pope Francis penned to begin this special year, the Holy Father reflects that Covid-19 “has helped us see more clearly the importance of ordinary people who, though far from the limelight exercise patience and offer hope every day.” St. Joseph is the embodiment of the quiet, ordinary person moving behind the scenes – and yet he shapes all of human history with his quiet guidance, protection, holiness, and acceptance of God’s will.

Throughout this year, the Diocese of Harrisburg will honor Saint Joseph through a number of special events. Please check the information below often for the latest updates. Various resources are also provided below to help you grow in your knowledge, love, and devotion to St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer and Patron of the Catholic Church.

Year of Saint Joseph
  • February 22: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Evangelization Speaker Series – “A Closer Look at Some of the Titles of Good Saint Joseph” – The next presentation of the Evangelization Speaker Series is on February 22, 2021 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm via Zoom. This online presentation will take a closer look at a few of the titles of Saint Joseph from the Litany of St. Joseph.  It is intended to help us pray this great prayer at a deeper level and to have a stronger relationship with this great Saint. The presenter is Father Mark Wilke, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Lewisburg and of Saint George Mission Church, Mifflinburg.  To register see https://hbgdiocese.formstack.com/forms/speaker_series. Registration deadline is February 19 at noon.  Registration is free.  Free will offerings are greatly appreciated.
  • February 28: Pastoral Visit, St Joseph, Lancaster – 10:30 am
  • March 7: Pastoral Visit, St Joseph, Hanover – 10:00 am
  • March 21: Pastoral Visit, St Joseph, Danville – 11:00 am
  • May 2: Pastoral Visit, St. Joseph the Worker, Bonneauville – 10:30 am
  • June 6: Pastoral Visit, St Joseph, Milton – 11:00 am
  • June 20: Pastoral Visit, St Joseph, Berwick – 11:00 am
  • August 1: Pastoral Visit, St Joseph, York – 11:30 am