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, 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.
Consecration to St. Joseph
Students, faculty, staff, alumnae, parents and friends were invited to make a consecration to St. Joseph, placing ourselves under his powerful protection and continued patronage. The consecration to St. Joseph is a prayer of entrustment, when we ask him to be a special friend, protector and father to us, just like he was to Jesus. Through this devotion to our patron saint, we are placing our lives in his fatherly hands, trusting that St. Joseph will always quietly and humbly lead us to Jesus.
We prepared daily for the consecration to St. Joseph through praying a novena based on Father Michael Gaitley’s “Nine Days to Joseph.” The daily prayers began on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, with the consecration day on Friday, April 30, 2021, the eve of the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The daily prayer was prayed as a school on campus and posted to social media for all who wished to join us from afar.
- Day 1: St. Joseph, Powerful Intercessor
- Day 2: St. Joseph, Loving Spouse of Mary
- Day 3: St. Joseph, Good Provider
- Day 4: St. Joseph, Strong Guardian
- Day 5: St. Joseph, Who Did God’s Will
- Day 6: St. Joseph, Who Suffered with Love
- Day 7: St. Joseph, Pure of Heart
- Day 8: St. Joseph, Man of Peace and Joy
- Day 9: St. Joseph, Who Died So Beautifully
- Consecration Day: St. Joseph, Powerful Intercessor
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.
2021-2022 Charism Theme
Our annual charism themes are inspired by the unique charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
The charism theme for the 2021-2022 academic year is Relationships: Sacred Threads that Connect.
The Maxims of Perfection
Jean-Pierre Medaille, SJ, founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, composed 100 short sayings to help the Sisters stay rooted in God’s grace.
Father Medaille envisioned the “little design” to be the Congregation of God’s great love. For the members, that meant experiencing God’s unbounded love for them and living that love in the service of the dear neighbor. The maxims were both practical and inspirational.