Explore St. Joseph the Protector

We invite you to join us during this Year of St. Joseph to look at St. Joseph as the Protector on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. We are delighted to be joined by Monsignor Richard Murphy as we explore Pope Francis’ document Laudato Si: The Care for Our Common Home. Msgr. Murphy will share some insights and observations followed by a discussion and some practical ways to celebrate Earth Day. We hope you will join us for this engaging event.

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Msgr. Murphy is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He is also the former pastor of St John the Evangelist. It would be an understatement to say Monsignor Murphy is active in his retirement. He assists in hospital ministry two days a week at Frederick Health Hospital and helps with Masses at various parishes near Frederick. Now residing in Homewood Retirement Center in Frederick, Monsignor Murphy manages to find time for himself. He enjoys Homewood’s Tuesday night bridge club, gardens, and does a great deal of traveling. He has engaged in an extensive self-study of Laudato Si over the last few months.

St. Joseph Prayer

St. Joseph, patron saint of the unexpected,
How freely you stepped into the unknown
With your unwavering yes.
St. Joseph, dreamer of dreams,
How attuned your heart was, waking or sleeping,
To the promptings of angels.
St. Joseph, nurturing father,
How openly you accepted your unconventional family,
Lighting the way for us, too, to embrace all.
St. Joseph, there is still so much we don’t know about you,
But maybe that is your gift to us,
That we may see in the father of Jesus a mystery
That sanctifies the hidden and untold in our own lives.
May we, too, live our days in the holy shadow of your son.
-Cameron Bellm

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