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Saint Joseph (Hebrew יוֹסֵף, Yosef; Greek: Ἰωσήφ, Iosíf) is the foster father of Jesus of Nazareth and the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Saint Joseph

Patron Saint of:

The Catholic Church, unborn children, happy death, hesitation, against doubt, fathers, immigrants, combat against Communism, and workers.


90 B.C.


18 A.D.

Feast Day:

March 19, May 1, the Sunday after Christmas (Orthodox)


The Bible touches on the role of Joseph very little, but his duties were important nonetheless.

Joseph was a carpenter, probably taught by his father Jacob in the trade, who lived in Nazareth. Joseph was engaged to Mary and later found out that she was pregnant, despite the two of them never engaging in intercourse. He decided to break off the engagement, but was visited by the angel Gabriel in a dream, who told him not to break the engagement.

There was a census that required him to go back to his hometown of Bethlehem to be taxed. While there, Mary went into labor and Jesus was birthed there. The three of them were later visited by the Magi, who presented Jesus with gifts and then warned them to go and hide in Egypt lest Jesus be killed.

Joseph, Mary, and Jesus would often travel to the nearby town of Jerusalem for holy days of the Lord. One such time, they lost Jesus, Who had stayed behind in the Temple and taught there despite being at the young age of twelve.

Joseph served as the father figure to Jesus, for he was a righteous man.

According to tradition, Joseph died in the arms of Jesus and Mary before the Ministry of Jesus began.