Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 58th 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
St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, watch over the chosen people of Jesus Christ.
Keep us, loving father, safe from all error and corruption. From your place in heaven, graciously protect us against the powers of darkness. As you rescued the Child Jesus from evil persons who wanted to kill him, so now defend God’s holy church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity.
Extend to each one of us your continual protection, that led on by your example and strengthened by your aid, we may live and die in holiness and obtain everlasting happiness in heaven.