Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 57th year of service to the missions of the world, is a spiritually based organization with worldwide mission-helping undertakings. It promotes information about and interest in the missionaries and their people – particularly in the Franciscan Missions of Central America, but also in the inner cities of the United States and Canada as well as every continent in the world.
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Saint of the Month
As it was Mary of Nazareth who gave birth to Jesus, it was Joseph, the foster father, descendent of Jewish Kings, and builder-carpenter of Nazareth who gave name and identity to the Son of God on earth. We hear the astounded men of Nazareth, hearing Jesus preach and teach for the first time, exclaim: “Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22)
Joseph’s strength of character, his respect in the community, his keen intellect called into play so often in moments of peril facing the Holy Family, his extraordinary kindness and profound intuitions – all of these characteristics pour out of the few passages in the New Testament which tells of this holy and awesome man, who was at once so very ordinary.
Prayer of the Month
Dear St. Joseph, whom we venerate with Mary and Jesus as the Holy Family, keep our family well and holy as we strive to imitate you here on earth.
Assist us to fulfill our solemn parental duties of safeguarding and nurturing humanly and spiritually the cherished children God has given us.
Keep them safe from physical and moral harm and inspire them to make wise choices in life that reflect their ongoing love of the Lord and eagerness to serve Him faithfully through life.
Extend your protective hand over all the members of the church as their beloved patron and protector. We ask this in Jesus’ name under Mary’s loving gaze.