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.