Josephology: The Science of Saint Joseph
As you read these blog posts, perhaps you asked yourself just who exactly was Father Roland Gauthier. During his tenure as the sanctuary’s rector from 1956 to 1962, Father Gauthier founded the Saint Joseph Research Centre in 1949. At the time, there was no other place like it in the world. Its mission consisted in promoting the worship of Saint Joseph and “locating and archiving all doctrinal and historical documents about Saint Joseph.”1 Each year, the centre organized workshops and conferences on the worship of Saint Joseph for provincial superiors of communities of teaching brothers and sisters.
In 1951, then a young PhD student, Father Gauthier took part in the Salamanca (Spain) conference on the paternity of Saint Joseph.2 This was an opportunity to not only spread awareness of the Oratory, but also discuss with theologists from all over the world. Father Gauthier’s superiors also saw this event as a chance to build relationships with the Valladolid Carmelites, who were very active in their scientific study of the theology and worship of Saint Joseph.