Introducing Joseph’s Jubilee
The Jubilee of St. Joseph
This past Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, marked 150 years since Pope Pius IX officially proclaimed St. Joseph patron of the universal Church. To increase the universality of devotion to the foster father of Jesus Christ, Pope Francis declared a “Year of St. Joseph.” In his apostolic letter Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), the Pope stated that God’s plan was at work through him. “Joseph, then, teaches us that faith in God includes believing that he can work even through our fears, our frailties and our weaknesses. He also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture.”
Along with the Holy Father’s declaration, the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a plenary indulgence for the Year of St. Joseph. The three conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence are sacramental confession, the reception of Holy Communion and prayer for the Pope’s intentions.