On Tuesday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, in this grace-filled Season of Advent, the Church celebrates a major event – the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being declared the Universal Patron and Protector of the Church by Blessed Pope Pius IX.
We are witnessing something truly remarkable and unprecedented. As of today, eleven dioceses in the United States have, to my knowledge, declared a Year of St Joseph, and in the UK, the Diocese of Shrewsbury is currently marking a year of prayer, dedicated to St Joseph. Thousands of people around the world have or are in the process of consecrating themselves to St Joseph. From all four corners of the globe, the cry is rising that now is the time of St Joseph!