Christmas Message from Superior General

Our Christmas Journey

This time of year, many of us think about a journey. We may be thinking of family and friends who are coming to visit us. Or, we may be thinking about going to visit others.

We also reflect on another journey. Mary and Joseph traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to fulfill the scriptures. The shepherds, too, journeyed to Bethlehem to see the baby lying in the manger.

That journey to Bethlehem, recorded in the Gospels, has inspired writers and poets, musicians and song writers. It pulls at our heart strings and brings us to the reality that God so loved the world that he sent his beloved son to live among us and to redeem us.

For more than 125 years, Josephite priests and brothers have been on a journey of ministry in the African American community. When Josephites gather, it doesn’t take long before stories of the past are told. We remember the Josephites who came before us, the challenges they faced and the joy of the success of building parishes, schools and leading special ministries. These stories are part of our mission history.

Along the way, you, too, have become part of the Josephite journey. Your support, encouragement, donations and prayers, make our journey possible. Your presence is a gift to us throughout the year.

As Christmas approaches and we reflect on the year gone by and the hopes for the year ahead, I wanted to express my deep thanks to you. You – and your intentions – will be remembered in my Christmas Day Mass. I will ask for blessings on your journey and thank God that you have been part of mine.


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Bishop John H. Ricard, Superior General

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