Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker

BAGUIO CITY—On May 1, 2024, the community of Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary celebrated the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker and the inauguration of St. Joseph, the Protector of the Order.

The celebration started with the holy mass led by Rev. Fr. Joseph Philip Trayvilla, OAR, the Spiritual Director of Aspirants and Postulants.

In his homily, Fr. Trayvilla highlighted St. Joseph’s importance to the life of Jesus, his virtue of obedience to God, and his perfect example of humility.

St. Joseph was known for being silent, yet he contributed greatly to the divine plan of salvation.

Fr. Trayvilla, the longest-running active formator of the seminary, borrowed a portion of the Gospel of John where Jesus said, “My Father is always working, and I too must work.” He then emphasized the value of work in one’s vocation and salvation.

“Jesus learned a lot from Joseph, especially in work,” he added.

At the end of the mass, Fr. Trayvilla invited everyone to a section on the football grounds where the figure of St. Joseph, the Protector of the Order, was installed.

He also conducted the blessing and inauguration of St. Joseph, the Protector of the Order, and everyone had a photo opportunity with the image.

The Protector of The Order

St. Joseph is the earthly father of Jesus Christ and the husband of Mary. He served as a model of Jesus in his childhood and adolescence, inscribing his expertise in carpentry to him. Although he did not have any spoken words recorded in the Gospel, he still had a valuable role in Jesus’s life and later in the Catholic Church.

Accordingly, St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, fathers, workers, etc., and is considered to be one of the most important models of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. His humility, obedience, and determination to work are the exemplary elements of the Order’s holistic formation.

On June 8, 1669, Fray Pedro de San Francisco de Asis, OAR, as a General Procurator of the Order and a Chronicler, wrote about the official proclamation of St. Joseph as a special protector of the Order. In his Chronicles, he said that St. Joseph’s influence brought about great progress in spreading Christianity in Asia and America, where many martyrdoms have been recorded.

Through ups and downs, many religious officials have attested that in their devotion to St. Joseph, they overcome difficulties and trials. He, indeed, had protected the Order against the formidable presence of evil.

Fray Serafin Prado, OAR, writes this in the Augustinian Recollect Spirituality as a prayer to St. Joseph; “Oh! May our Congregation grow to the greatest heights with such holy patronage! And so that it be so, let us strive not to be unworthy of it by longing to be perfect religious even to honor the estimative Father of Christ.”

– Bro. Kirvie Bodiongan

Photos from the celebration of the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker.
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Casiciaco Correspondent

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