Pope Francis has proclaimed this the Year of St. Joseph. In honor of St. Joseph, we’re asking some of our Precious Blood people who are named Joseph to reflect on their name, their connection to the saint, and what St. Joseph means to them.

Brother Joe Fisher, C.PP.S., provincial treasurer, in ministry at the provincial office in Dayton. He feels a clear and constant connection to St. Joseph, whom he calls his “buddy.”

Click here to read more about his connection to St. Joseph

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.

 

 

 

 

For Fr. Joe Nassal, C.PP.S., St. Joseph is the original “Quiet Man” who is a thinker and a dreamer. St. Joseph is a constant inspiration for him. To read more of his thoughts about the saint, click here.

 

 

 

 St. Joseph is a good role model for us all, he continued, “because he was able to hold in his heart things that were difficult without allowing them to destroy him or the people he loved.” That requires wisdom, and patience. To read about the connection between St. Joseph and Fr. Joe Bathke, C.PP.S., click here.

 

Here’s a tale of two Josephs, how they stayed connected over the years, and how one inspired the other. Shared with the permission of the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D.

 

 

 Fr. Joseph Deardorff, C.PP.S., a native of Dayton, is now in ministry in Bogota, Colombia. To read more about Fr. Deardorff’s connection to St. Joseph, click here.

Calumet College of St. Joseph, the only Catholic college in Northwest Indiana, is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. At CCSJ, in Whiting, Ind., social justice and community service are inseparable.

Every year, CCSJ students, faculty and staff give their time and talent to many worthy causes throughout Northwest Indiana and beyond. In this Year of Saint Joseph, the college is renewing its commitment to the people and communities it serves by setting a goal of 5,000 hours of community service. It will also give out monthly CCSJ Hearts and Hands service awards to college groups and individuals who go above and beyond in serving others.