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St. Joseph, A Marvelous Role Model | Meet the Master

Welcome to Meet the Master; a monthly series by Pilgrim Center of Hope for one and all to encounter Jesus in his words and actions, all for reflection, learning, and inspiration.

The theme for this Meet the Master audio retreat is to encounter Jesus of Nazareth in Scripture and reflect on recognizing good role models. Our Host, Mary Jane Fox, Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Co-Founder, and Co-Director, leads us all on a journey through Scripture, to reflect on a marvelous role model, St. Joseph.

Meet the Master is a monthly audio retreat from Pilgrim Center of Hope, bringing you into an encounter with Jesus every first Friday.

Presenter: Mary Jane Fox

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A Journey with St. Joseph, A Man to Embrace

In this week’s spiritual pilgrimage, join Mary Jane Fox as she shines a light on St. Joseph! This is a different kind of journey, we get to know the chaste spouse of Mary the Mother of God, and the foster father of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

This journey will introduce us to St. Joseph:

  • As a man, we can embrace and hold as a companion & and a role model
  • Discover his role as the Guardian of the Redeemer.
  • Learn about the Three virtues of St. Joseph that can help us in our daily lives.
  • Provide some spiritual exercises to help us in our knowledge of St. Joseph and his powerful intercession.

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Patricia Brown, who made this podcast episode possible.

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Jewel for the Journey

There are many saints to whom God has given the power to assist us in the necessities of life, but the power given to St. Joseph is unlimited: It extends to all our needs, and all those who invoke him with confidence are sure to be heard. – St. Thomas Aquinas

Click below to learn more about St. Joseph

My Friend Elizabeth

My friend Elizabeth was a wife, mother, widow, socialite, convert, educator, caregiver, and religious founder.  Let me tell you a little bit about Elizabeth.  She met and married William at the age of 19.  She was so in love with William, and he was so fond of her as well.  Both of them came from upstanding families and were well known in their community.  Their love for one another was admired by friends and family.  William and Elizabeth had five children.  When her husband had fallen ill, she became his caregiver.  She even went as far as moving him to a warmer climate due to his Tuberculosis.  On arriving at this new place, they (William, Elizabeth, and one of their daughter’s Ana) were quarantined because of William’s Tuberculosis.  During the time in quarantine, Elizabeth remained positive and upbeat despite their circumstance.  It was during this time that she learned about the Catholic faith.  She was born and raised Episcopalian.  While in quarantine she became closer to God reading the bible and praying with William.  Unfortunately, her husband died shortly after they were released from quarantine.  She was devastated because the love of her life was gone.  It was returning back to her hometown after the death of her husband that she converted to Catholicism.  After becoming Catholic all support was gone, most family and friends did not approve of her change in faith. Elizabeth didn’t let this bother her, she pressed forward and focused on her family.  She then started a Catholic school that was free and open to all with a focus on the poor.  Then later she started the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s.

Journeying With a Saint in the New Year

My friend Elizabeth is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Her feast day is celebrated on January 4th.  Can you believe she accomplished all of this before passing at the age of 47?  I don’t think I can accomplish as much as she did in my lifetime.  Everyone is unique and God’s plans for each and every one of us are different. I call St. Elizabeth Ann Seton one of my role models.  I often ask for her intercession.  I ask for her help in being more like her as a wife and mother.  Maybe you can seek out a Saint to call on for help this new year.  One thing I am going to try and do this new year that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton did, is getting closer to God.  Here are just a few goals I have written out that I plan on doing.  Perhaps, you too can make a list of goals to do this new year to draw closer to God as well.

  1. Confession. Go at least once a month.
  2. Mass on Sunday along with receiving the Eucharist and try going one day out of the week also.
  3. Adoration is my opportunity to sit and be still. Listen to what God has to tell me.
  4. Read the Bible. Wherever it opens to, read the scripture and reflect on it.

I’m sure if I at least try and reach any or all of these goals, God will welcome me wherever I am in my journey of life! One last thing I would like to share of my role model is a prayer that can be said daily at the start of the day:

O Father, the first rule of our dear Savior’s life was to do Your Will. Let His Will of the present moment be the first rule of our daily life and work, with no other desire but for its most full and complete accomplishment. Help us to follow it faithfully so that in doing what You wish, we will be pleasing to you. Amen.

Featured Image and Prayer captured from The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton official website.

Gloria Chapa-Solano Wife of 14 years, mom to a 9-year-old.  Always praying to the Holy Family for help and guidance on how to be a better wife and mother.  From Gloria, “Although I fail almost every day I am blessed with the Lord’s grace to wake up every day and try again.”

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Journey with Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus

Looking for information about our Radio Encore Broadcast of Nazareth & St. Joseph?

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This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Mary Jane Fox takes us on a journey with St. Joseph, chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus.

During this program, Mary Jane will discuss:

  • What we know about Joseph from Scripture
  • How the Church has directed us to Joseph
  • How Joseph is a role model for everyone
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey

“I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to the glorious St Joseph, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I do not remember that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant.” – St. Teresa of Avila

Prayer: Memorare to St. Joseph

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted.Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection.Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.

Why Trust St. Joseph? | Meet Mary

Emmitsburg, MD – National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

This week’s virtual pilgrimage will take us to the incredible National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD! In the first segment, our Media Coordinator, Angela Sealana, will welcome Robert Judge, Executive Director of the National Shrine! They will discuss what the Nation Shrine has to offer its community and all who visit. Mary Jane Fox & Eddie Reyes, a Pilgrim Center of Hope Staff Member and Pilgrimage Leader, will continue in our second segment, as we take a closer look at Mother Seaton, as she was often called. She is the first American-born citizen to be canonized. She also founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States!

During our time together, our hosts will:

  • Take a closer look at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Discuss what would a pilgrim anticipate seeing or experiencing in visiting the Shrine?
  • Share more about the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Much More!

For more information on the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, click here.

Image courtesy National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. All rights reserved.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Afflictions are the steps to heaven.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

A Closer Look at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton:

Where is the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton?

Santa Fe, NM – A Hidden Gem, Holy Dirt, and a Miraculous Staircase

Come on a journey with our Media Production Assistant, Jason Nunez, as we spiritually travel to three pilgrimage destinations in Santa Fe, NM. Our itinerary includes visits to St. Anne’s Catholic Church, El Santuario de Chimayo (Chimayo Sanctuary), and The Loretto Chapel – home of the Miraculous Staircase. Each one of these holy sites offers its own unique charm and beauty! Catholicism is so beautiful!

During our time together, your host will discuss:

  • A brief history of New Mexico.
  • What is Holy Dirt?
  • What makes the staircase in The Loretto Chapel, miraculous?
  • Much More!

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Jewel for the Journey: 

“For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice.” – St Thomas Aquinas

A Closer Look at these Holy Sites:

Statues at St. Ann Catholic Church:


Where is St. Anne Catholic Church?

Where is El Santuario de Chimayo (Chimayo Sanctuary)?

Where is The Loretto Chapel?

Joseph, Foster Father of the Redeemer

Pope Francis has proclaimed a year of St. Joseph, from December 8, 2020, through December 8, 2021. He wrote an Apostolic Letter titled Patris Corde (With A Father’s Heart).
Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a tender and loving father, an obedient and accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. In this Letter, he writes about Joseph, his attributes, role and connects it with everyday life.

Find Hope in St. Joseph

Jesus, the Son of God had a father, Joseph who as a foster-father was present to Jesus from the beginning of his life. Joseph, the chaste spouse of Mary, loved, parented, protected, and guided Jesus from birth. To know Joseph can give us inspiration and hope. Joseph inspires us to have faith in God when the going gets tough; because he went through some very tough times and through his faith and trust in God the result was peaceful. Joseph can give us hope because he was confident in his role as a husband, a foster father. He is a role-model of faithfulness, trust, hope, and courage. How many of us look for those qualities in others? When we can trust someone, we feel more confident. We are assured they have the courage and confidence in making the right decisions that are for the good of all.

We can see this in Saint Joseph. We call him a Saint because of these virtues and his heroic life. What makes someone a Saint? To be clear, the Catholic Church doesn’t make someone a saint. The Church recognizes the holiness and heroic faithfulness of certain individuals and honors some with the title of “Saint”. Their cooperation with God’s grace makes them a Saint.

St. Joseph’s Responsibility

St. Joseph, though essential to God’s plan of salvation is relatively unnoticed in the Gospels. He is not quoted as saying one word. Although he knew God called him to fulfill an important role in the lives of Jesus and Mary, he did so without expecting any favors or recognition.

He was given the awesome responsibility of providing for the necessities of life for Mary and Jesus. Next to God, St. Joseph’s priority was his family. He used every means at his disposal to provide for security and the necessities of life for those in his care.  This he did through faithfulness, humility, and obedience, and he received no extraordinary reward during his lifetime except the joy and peace related to his faithfulness. His reward, like that of all the faithful — is everlasting happiness in heaven.

St. Joseph was a man of hope! Hope can be described as an unshakable trust and assurance that the promises of God will be fulfilled. A key to living a life of hope is trusting in God’s plan for us. Most of us would like to have at our disposal all the resources necessary for any crisis that might come our way; it is not possible. No one can prevent every tragedy, illness, or death that will be part of our life experience, but every one of us can be filled with hope when enduring trials if we are intimately connected to God in prayer and in His grace.

Find Inspiration in St. Joseph’s Witness

We see in St. Joseph what every man and woman can do. St. Joseph can be a paternal figure for us – he teaches us to trust in God’s plan for us while remaining in hope.  When children see their parent(s) praying and talking about God, it gives them a great sense of security.

Through his witness, Joseph has been an inspiration for millions of men and women through the centuries. Hundreds of churches have been named after him and thousands of men have chosen the name Joseph in admiration of his faithfulness.

Pope Francis is convinced that Joseph teaches us to set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. Not with mere resignation but with hope and courage.  Pope Francis is sure God used Joseph to achieve His purpose, and he is convinced God can use us, too.

Be inspired and learn more about this incredible man – Joseph!


Mary Jane Fox, D.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with her husband, Deacon Tom Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Mary Jane is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Meet St. Joseph

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Mary Jane Fox takes us to Nazareth in the Holy Land as we “meet” St. Joseph. We will discover who Joseph was and shed light on this man who has been called the Guardian of the Redeemer, the chaste spouse of Mary and Holy Patriarch among many other marvelous titles that point to his role.

During this program, Mary Jane will discuss:

  • Drawing hope and inspiration from St. Joseph.
  • St. Andre Bessette’s lifelong devotion to Saint Joseph.
  • Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter –  Patris Corde (With A Father’s Heart)
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“About Saint Joseph. One cannot love Jesus and Mary without loving the Holy Patriarch.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva

Prayer at the Conclusion of Patris Corde:

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.


Nazareth – Church of St. Joseph & St. Joseph the Worker

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, to Nazareth in the Holy Land! You will hear how Nazareth was at the time of Jesus and how it is today. Virtually walk with them through ancient Nazareth and visit the Church built over the home of Joseph.  Learn more about this man, Joseph who was the chaste spouse of Mary, the Mother of God, and the foster father of Jesus, the Son of God.

During this program, they will also discuss:

  • The history of the Church of St. Joseph.
  • The significance of this holy site.
  • Joseph’s obedience.
  • Much more!

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Spiritual Exercises for this Year of St. Joseph:

  • Read Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
  • Read John Paul II’s Guardian of the Redeemer
  • Display a Statue, Image, or Icon of St Joseph in your home with a perpetual candle burning by it. Place your intentions there at “his feet”. Entrusting him to watch over you and your intentions.
    • Include the names of your deceased loved ones and friends. He is the patron Saint of the Dying.
    • Joseph as a powerful intercessor before Jesus & Mary for the salvation of souls.
  • Pray to St. Joseph daily.
  • Make an Act of Consecration to St. Joseph.
  • Make an appointment with the Holy Family each week. Spend at least an ½ hour or preferably an hour in Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist if possible; or at home. Include time with Mary and Joseph as well….asking their guidance to help you grow in holiness.

Jewel for the Journey:

“Devotion to St. Joseph is one of the choicest graces that God can give to a soul, for it is tantamount to revealing the entire treasury of our Lord’s graces. When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights, he unites it to St. Joseph by giving it a strong love for the good saint.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard

Closing Prayer to St. Joseph (The Memorare):

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection. Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.

A Closer Look at the Church of S. Joseph:

Where is the Church of St. Joseph?