Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

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This statue of St. Joseph the Worker is found at the St. Joseph the Worker employment ministry in Phoenix. (Courtesy of St. Joseph the Worker)

May 1

Though his principal feast is March 19, St. Joseph also is honored for his labors as a carpenter in providing for his family’s needs in Nazareth. The carpentry trade in first-century Palestine covered building houses, which were mostly made of wood; by tradition, Jesus joined the family business.

Throughout Church history, Joseph was honored as a craftsman, but this feast was set in 1956 to give Christian meaning to what had become a secular association of May 1 with labor.

He is the patron of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Williams and of St. Joseph the Worker employment ministry based in Phoenix.