saints of yesterday to reflect on today

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe invites artists from all over Europe to reflect and create together on what the Saints can teach us today.

Let us be inspired!


Who is Saint Joseph for me?

Let us think and create together on the figure of Saint Joseph!

How do we see in 2023 this Patron saint of the Catholic Church, Patron of fathers, and Patron of workers?

This call for art works embodies two of the directions set by Pope Francis: the Year of Saint Joseph, and the Role of the Father in our today society.

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PATRIS CORDE of the Holy Father Francis as an inspiration

On the 8th of December 2020, the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis published an apostolic letter Patris corde (With a Father’s heart) in which he reflects upon the life of Saint Joseph.

Through this series of short articles, we would like to invite artists to look for inspiration in Pope Francis’ words, which convince us that the example of Saint Joseph can show us the importance of ordinary people, how they are “shaping the decisive events of our history”, especially in difficult times.

Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. (Pope Francis)

You may find the apostolic letter here.

Saint Joseph – A beloved father

To begin with, Pope Francis reminds us in Patris Corde that St. Joseph, as a father, devoted himself completely to the Holy Family in his life and in his work. It is because of this role in the history of salvation that he is regarded with great respect by Christians and often addressed by them in prayers. Many saints, such as Teresa of Avila, have trusted in him and received graces through his intercession.

Pope Francis quotes Saint Paul VI, who pointed out that Joseph “turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of himself, his heart and all his abilities, a love placed at the service of the Messiah who was growing to maturity in his home”.

You may read the apostolic letter here.

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