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Pope Francis Issues Pastoral Letter, Proclaims 2021 “Year of St. Joseph”
In a new Apostolic Letter, Patris corde ("With a Father's Heart"), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, obedient and accepting, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

The letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX's declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special "Year of St. Joseph," beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast (Dec. 8) in 2021.

At the conclusion of his letter, he adds another prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, 
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
To you God entrusted his only Son; 
in you Mary placed her trust; 
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father 
and guide us in the path of life. 
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, 
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Sister Clare Still Inspires
Editor’s note: This letter by Norah Booth, a friend of Sister Clare Dunn, CSJ (RIP) was published by the Arizona Daily Star. Norah is a researcher and an advocate who collaborated with Sisters Judy Lovchik and Clare Dunn.

I quote the 1976 post-Watergate observation of my favorite philosopher-politician, Sister Clare Dunn, who almost completed four terms in the Arizona House of Representatives before her death in 1981. Sister Clare still inspires: “The people are resilient. In spite of their disillusionment they are determined to make the system work. I believe that prominence of the virtues of justice and integrity in those of us whose lives touch the public is the kind of moral leadership that people are looking for. To respond to this challenge at this time is of greater importance for the future of our country and our world than we may ever know.”  
Mary McGlone’s New Book
Available for Pre-order
Called Forth by the Dear Neighbor: History of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Volume Two is the second volume of the U.S. history of the Sisters of St. Joseph and is currently in production. You can reserve your signed and personalized copy in advance for $22 (or $27 for expedited shipping). You will be among the first to get this much anticipated second volume. To reserve your copy, please contact- info@cssjfed.org
Death Notices
Sister Ellen Marie Ryan, CSJ
July 11, 1932 – December 19, 2020

Sister Juanita Mary Meyer, CSJ
March 12, 1938 – December 22, 2020

Sister Imelda D’Agostino, CSJ
November 6, 1936 – December, 25, 2020

Sister Mary Constance Fitzgerald, CSJ
November 13, 1913 - December 28, 2020