Soeurs de Saint-Joseph de Cluny

Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph is the patron and provider of the congregation. His feast is celebrated on March 19th.

Anne Marie had chosen Bernard as patron of the first chapel dedicated in Chalon in 1807. She was thus acknowledging her connection with the Trappist monk Dom Augustin de l’Estrange and her experience as a novice at Val Sainte. But the priest who was to celebrate the first Mass questioned her choice.

“St. Teresa always dedicated her houses to St. Joseph,” he said. “Besides, my name is Joseph!” Recalling the great saint’s revelation to her of her vocation Anne Marie acquiesced without further ado.

Henceforth, Joseph was to be the patron and provider of the congregation. His feast is celebrated on March 19th.

Mentioned by the evangelists Luke and Matthew, and only at the beginning of their Gospels, Joseph is a man of deep silence. Not a single sentence of his is recorded in the Gospels. Having received a message from God through an angel speaking to him in a dream, Joseph accepted his mission:

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus ...

St. Matthew called Joseph the ’Just One’ because he was willing to respond to what was revealed to him as God’s Will.

Join Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in celebrating St. Joseph, the patron of the congregation!

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