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Saint Joseph, A Working Father | Father Brian Welter ’05

Each month 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.

As the seminarians are away from campus for the summer, this month we have a virtual reflection from Father Brian Welter ’05, executive director of the Institute for Priestly Formation and a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on Saint Joseph as a working father.

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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