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A friend in St Joseph


A new book aimed at helping people to fulfil the hope of Pope Francis that they ‘find a friend in St Joseph’ has been launched in Adelaide.

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Edited by Josephite scholar Sr Mary Cresp, the book Journeying with Joseph: Josephite Essays for the Year of St Joseph gives 19 different insights into the person of Joseph.

Speaking at the launch, Sr Mary said like most people Joseph “lived in the shadows and yet played a critical role in Jesus revealing God’s total love in human form.

“I’m hoping this book will be an extension of St Joseph – a work that is simple and ordinary and yet contains a word, a message within it that can play a significant part in the life journey of its reader,” she said.

Fellow Josephite Sr Monica Cavanagh OAM launched the book and expressed her appreciation to Sr Mary for accepting the challenge to bring this work to fruition – gathering the essays, developing a framework, and then undertaking the important work of editing.

“Mary we are proud of what you have achieved in this special year (the Year of St Joseph),” she said.

“Throughout the chapters of this book, we are taken on a journey of stories which encapsulate Joseph’s life as father, educator, dreamer, worker, refugee, protector and seeker of justice intertwined in the author’s experience, background and area of interest.”

Sr Monica made mention of the Sisters of St Joseph who contributed chapters to the book including Susan Pollard, Catherine Mead, Michele Fairbairn, Nola Goodwin, Carmel Pilcher and Gertruda De Silva.

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan gave a reflection at the launch and spoke of Joseph as a “worthy companion” and someone to draw inspiration from on the path of being a missionary disciple.

The book is published by ATF Press



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