The diocesan Office for Pro-life Activities and Special Ministries asks that people from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois choose a patron saint for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH). In this issue, as in the Aug. 18 issue, we are highlighting two of the four saints. We invite everyone to vote for one of the four, either with a coupon that will run in an upcoming issue of Catholic Times, or with an online vote at www.dio.org/dcjh/patronsaint.html. Votes will be due Oct. 6.
Last issue we highlighted St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Giles (Abbot). Here are the two remaining individuals that you might choose from:
St. Joseph the Worker
Patron of social justice, immigrants, orphans, workers, unborn children
Feast Days: March 19, May 1
The foster-father of God Incarnate, St. Joseph was the protector of both the young Jesus and the Virgin Mary. He was a chaste man and a carpenter. He submitted himself to the will of God and accepted his charge as caretaker of the Christ-child and Mary. Even though the Bible does not tell us much about him, he has always been regarded as one of the holiest men in all Christianity.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Born in Italy in 1901 as the son of a Catholic woman and a wealthy non-Catholic father, he was a great friend to the poor and often gave his money for food and his nicer things away to the poor. He died of polio at age 24. He was beatified by St. Pope John Paul II on May 20, 1990, who called him the “man of the Eight Beatitudes.”