St Joseph Patron of the Universal Church
“Just as Christ carried out the work of redemption in poverty and persecution, so the Church is called to follow the same road that it might communicate the fruits of salvation to men.
The Church….. is not set up to seek earthly glory, but to proclaim, even by its own example, humility and self-sacrifice.
By the power of the risen Lord, it is given strength that it might, in patience and in love, overcome its sorrows and its challenges, both within itself and from without, and that it might reveal to the world, even though dimly, yet faithfully, the mystery of its Lord until, finally, it will be manifested in full light.” Paragraph 8 The Constitution on the Church
This is the Church in which Joseph is the prime member, second only to Mary in dignity, and the Church whose germinal growth Joseph helped foster at Bethlehem and at Nazareth.