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Saint Joseph, An Accepting Father | Father Ken Simpson

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.

Father Kenneth Simpson ’78 (Archdiocese of Chicago), vicar for pastoral and professional development of priests and administrator of Old Saint Patrick’s Church, offered a beautiful reflection on Saint Joseph as an accepting father by sharing stories of his relationship with his own adoptive father.

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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