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Saint Joseph, A Just Man | Diana Arizmendi

Each month Mundelein seminarians are commemorating the Year of Saint Joseph by gathering for vespers and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a spiritual reflection on Saint Joseph.

A series of guest speakers will offer reflections on aspects of Saint Joseph’s life and spiritual character, based on Pope Francis’ Patris Corde and the Litany of St. Joseph.

Diana Arizmendi, youth minister at Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish in Mount Prospect, offered a beautiful reflection on Saint Joseph as a just man. Drawing from her own background as a young Latina woman, Diana presents Saint Joseph as a model of justice, especially towards those set aside by the world. For example, Saint Joseph undoubtedly taught Jesus how to treat women by his example, and we see from the Gospels that Jesus’ respect and inclusion of women was far from the social standards of that day. Watch her reflection below and use the form to sign up to receive future reflections via email throughout the year.

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Saint Joseph: Model of Affective Maturity
Father John Kartje ’01
Rector, Mundelein Seminary

Saint Joseph: A Beloved Father
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate VI

Saint Joseph: A Tender and Loving Father
Jennifer Reid
Pastoral Associate, St. Columbanus Church, Chicago

Saint Joseph: An Obedient Father
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago
Chancellor, University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary

Saint Joseph: An Accepting Father
Father Kenneth Simpson ’78 (Archdiocese of Chicago)
Vicar for Pastoral and Professional Development of Priests

Saint Joseph: A Chaste Spouse
Megan Quinn
Wife and mother, Columbus, Georgia

Saint Joseph: A Creatively Courageous Father
Father Tyler Raymond ’19 (Archdiocese of Dubuque)
Associate Pastor, Spiers of Faith Cluster, Dyersville, Iowa

Saint Joseph: A Working Father
Father Brian Welter ’05 (Archdiocese of Chicago)
Executive Director, Institute for Priestly Formation

Saint Joseph: A Father in the Shadows
Father James Presta ’86 (Archdiocese of Chicago)
Pastor, St. Emily, Mount Prospect

Saint Joseph: A Just Man
Diana Arizmendi
Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Formation, Saint Raymond de Penafort, Mount Prospect

Saint Joseph: Lover of Poverty
Father Matthew O’Donnell ’12 (Archdiocese of Chicago)
Pastor, St. Columbanus Parish, Chicago

Saint Joseph: Protector of the Church
Bishop Jeffrey Grob ’92 (Archdiocese of Chicago)
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate I

“We must recognize that Joseph showed Jesus all the natural love, all the affectionate solicitude that a father’s heart can know.”

Pope Saint John Paul II