Michael M. DeLaney - Rector, Author - Saint Joseph's Oratory

A Message from the Rector

The Year of Saint Joseph at the Oratory

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis announced a year dedicated to Saint Joseph to mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. We welcome this announcement with joy and set to work to find ways to highlight this important event in the life of the Church and in the life of our shrine. The novena in preparation for the feast of Saint Joseph in March seemed to us the most appropriate time to present some of our activities.


The theme of our novena: “Joseph, strength and tenderness of the Father” will be an opportunity to continue our reflection from the perspective proposed by Pope Francis in his apostolic letter Patris corde (with a father’s heart). Just as Pope Francis does so well, we will deepen our understanding of the fatherly figure of Saint Joseph.

This year dedicated to Saint Joseph will allow us to reflect together on the meaning of fatherhood in our society. Pope Francis wrote: “Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person.”

As I read these words from Pope Francis, it reminds me that as a priest, I am asked to be a “spiritual father” to those whom I have been called to serve. People we know through our ministry frequently look to us in this way.

The priest does provide a sense of “paternal” support – the nurturing, dedication, teaching and the passing on of the faith, and walking with those we serve through the challenging times of their lives. In these ways, Saint Joseph is a great guide and example for me as a priest.

This reflection on the figure of the father will also allow us to look at the many challenges of today’s family. We are all aware of the challenges of our society, with single-parent families, blended families and so many other situations that depart from traditional models. The Pope adds: “children today often seem orphans, lacking fathers.” Therefore, we want to link this Year of Saint Joseph with the Year of the Family that will begin on March 19.

We will often take up these words together from the prayer proposed by Pope Francis at the conclusion of his apostolic letter:

O Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.

Father Michael M. DeLaney, CSC, rector

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Webinars and conferences

Full program to be announced

September 24 2021, 12 p.m.

Sœur Pierrette Bertrand

Saint Joseph and the migrants

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Panelist : Sister Pierrette Bertrand, o.f.s.j.

See full biography in French

September 8 2021, 7 p.m.

Le songe de Joseph

Around the song Cette nuit-là

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Panelist : Robert Lebel

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July 2021

Saint Joseph, in Love with God and in Love with Mary

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Panelist : Mgr Yvon Joseph Moreau

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Thursday, June 17, noon

Saint Joseph, a Model of Paternity for Today

See full description in French.

Panelist : Dominique Joseph

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Wednesday May 5, 7 p.m.

Saint Joseph the Worker

See full description in French.

Panelist : Jacques Gauthier

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Interview with a Brother of the Holy Cross Congregation on Saint Joseph

Guest : Brother Vianney Saint-Michel, c.s.c.

Interview in French.

Blog articles

A Century Away. A Year Dedicated to Saint Joseph in 1921

David Bureau, Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Center
March 9 2021

We were astonished to discover, while browsing through the Annales de l’Oratoire Saint-Joseph that the year 1921 had also been consecrated to Saint Joseph by Pope Benedict XV. One hundred years to the day from the call of Pope Francis.

Hymns to Saint Joseph

Choir : La Schola de l’Oratoire
Direction : Adam Wills Begley

L’Église te vénère / O Joseph Mighty Patron

Traditional melody
Harmonization by Johann Sebastian Bach

Noble Époux de Marie

Melody by P. Dufour
Harmonization by Raymond Daveluy

Saint Joseph, Meek and Mild

Traditional melody
Harmonization by E. W. Goldsmith

Joseph, lieber Joseph mein

Hieronymous Praetorius

Exhibition dedicated to saint Joseph

Through paintings, statues, ex-votos and other works of art, the Oratory Museum team immerses us in the world of Saint Joseph and reveals the ties that unite the Congregation of Holy Cross to the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. To be discovered free of charge.

Statue de saint Joseph - Boutique de l'Oratoire SAINT JOSEPH
Statue de saint Joseph - Boutique de l'Oratoire CHANTS


Light a Votive Candle to Saint Joseph

When you ask us to light a candle to Saint Joseph in the Oratory’s Votive Chapel, you can also send a prayer intention along with your donation.

According to your choice, a member of the Oratory’s pastoral team will light a candle or a lantern for you in one of the places of prayer at Saint Joseph’s Oratory.