St. Joseph

St. Joseph

Feast Day March 19

  • Many of us know St. Joseph as the earthly father of Jesus and the husband of Mary, but to the Augustinians, he is the Protector of the Order.  He was made the Protector of the Augustian Order in 1491 .  Everything we know about St. Joseph is from Scripture.  We know that he was a carpenter and a provider for Mary and Jesus.  He came from very humble means, which can be seen when he takes Jesus and Mary to the temple and uses two turtle doves as an offering. These were only allowed for those who could not afford a lamb.  Despite his limited income, he came from a royal lineage.  In both the book of Luke and Matthew, his descent is from King David, the greatest King of Israel. 

    It is believed that Joseph was a caring and compassionate man.  “He trusted in God so much that he married Mary even though he could not explain her pregnancy.  He accepted God’s call to raise Jesus as his own.  Joseph listened to the angel that came to him twice, once to tell him to continue being betrothed to Mary, and then after the birth of Jesus to flee to Egypt.  Joseph never questioned God. He instead believed that God knew what was best for his family.  All that Joseph cared about was the safety of his family.  

    St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants, and a happy death.