The Year of St. Joseph
Pope Francis has proclaimed this the Year of St. Joseph.
In his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis wrote, “Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”
On December 8, 1870, Blessed Pius IX proclaimed St. Joseph as Patron of the Catholic Church. On the 150th anniversary of the proclamation, Pope Francis shared personal reflections on “this extraordinary figure, so close to our own human experience.” In his Apostolic Letter, Pope Francis described St. Joseph as a beloved father; a tender and loving father; an obedient father; an accepting father; a creatively courageous father; a working father; and a father in the shadows.
Pope Francis' Prayer to St. Joseph
We at St. Joseph’s Academy invite you to join us each Monday morning as we pray Pope Francis’ Prayer to St. Joseph.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
(Composed by Pope Francis in Patris Corde)
What We're Doing
Students, faculty and staff received a prayer card with Pope Francis’ Prayer to St. Joseph. Our parents, alumnae and friends were mailed a copy of the prayer and invited to join the school community each Monday morning in prayer.
On March 19, we celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph with a virtual prayer service live streamed on our Facebook page. On this day, we also collected food items for St. Vincent de Paul. SJA students, faculty and staff, parents and alumnae brought individually wrapped fiber or granola bars and commercially wrapped sleeves of cookies, peanut butter crackers and cheese-and-crackers. More than 5,000 plastic bags were filled with snacks and transported to St. Vincent de Paul. Out-of-town alumnae and friends were encouraged to make a donation to a food bank in their area.
Also on March 19, a Year of St. Joseph art contest was announced. Students will be able to submit artwork of St. Joseph representing his many titles and expressions in our church tradition: Joseph as a father, as a husband, as a worker and as a protector. Several will be chosen for banners that will be used at events during the upcoming year.
Each morning, students, faculty and staff receive a maxim for daily reflection. Maxims are short, spiritual sayings that Father Jean-Pierre Medaille, the founding Jesuit spiritual director of the congregation, gave to the early Sisters to help them stay rooted in God's grace.
Throughout this year, our Campus Ministry Office will encourage the girls to consecrate themselves to St. Joseph, while theology classes will explore St. Joseph as the patron of our Sisters, the Diocese of Baton Rouge and local parishes. Students will learn about St. Joseph in sacred scripture, his titles and pray his Litany.
Each discipline will have a lesson or project which focuses on St. Joseph and is tied to the curriculum. These lessons will be implemented between August and December of 2021.
We encourage you to join us in celebrating the Year of St. Joseph in the Church.
In addition to being the patron of our beloved St. Joseph’s Academy and the Congregation of St. Joseph, St. Joseph is the patron of workers, fathers and a happy death.
2020-2021 Charism Theme
Our annual charism themes are inspired by the unique charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
The charism theme for the 2020-2021 academic year is We Are All One: Gifted and Transformed by God's Spirit.