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On Father’s Day last year, I received a St. Joseph lapel pin. As I held the pin, I recalled my maternal grandparents’ devotion to St. Joseph. My Nana, Mary Jane Murphy was baptized in St. Joseph’s Church in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland and left her native land on the saint’s feast day in 1927.

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On Father’s Day last year, I received a St. Joseph lapel pin. As I held the pin, I recalled my maternal grandparents’ devotion to St. Joseph. My Nana, Mary Jane Murphy was baptized in St. Joseph’s Church in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland and left her native land on the saint’s feast day in 1927. My Papa, Hugh McNulty, was also baptized in a church named for the saint in County Monaghan and married my grandmother in St. Joseph’s Church, New York City. The lapel pin became an occasion for encounter with my vocation as a father. I am honored to share this vocation with the earthly father of our savior. For your reflections on this sacred reality, we offer “Joseph, The Man Closest to Christ.”  This one hour DVD explores the spiritual impact of this “Head of the Holy Family” and “Pillar of Family Life” from a range of Catholic voices – priests of the Oblates of St. Joseph, a university professor, a religious sister, an evangelist, and lay women and men. Arranged around the three themes of the historical person, vocation and mission, the speakers hail St. Joseph as an example of authentic manhood. During his reflections, Thomas VaVerka, an Army National Guard officer, remarks: “If we equate sanctity with closeness to God, then who can we possibly say is closer to Jesus than Joseph? He’s the model for all husbands, for all fathers.” Visit us @ click here. Happy Father’s Day!