Each year, Josephites gather on March 19 to remember their patron saint and to share in their ministry. This year, Josephite priests, brothers, seminarians and visitors congregated in the magnificent chapel at St. Joseph’s Manor in Baltimore. The celebration was led by Principal Celebrant William E. Lori, archbishop of Baltimore, who is no stranger to the Josephites, having served at two Josephite parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington.
In his homily, Archbishop Lori gave thanks to God and celebrated the outstanding work the Josephites have continuously done in the African American community. After Mass, the congregation processed out but the celebration continued.
A Feast Day lunch was served and the Josephites thanked Archbishop Lori for his presence and support. Complete with cupcakes that featured a statue of St. Joseph, the Feast Day lunch capped off a festive day of thanksgiving to the protector of the Holy Family – the first missionary and the patron saint of the Josephites – Good Saint Joseph.