“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Col 3:12)

This weekend, we celebrate Father’s Day to honor all the dads in our lives—our own fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, not to mention the fathers of our children. It’s a day to celebrate the important role that men have in our lives and in our families to nurture and care for their loved ones. In this Year of St. Joseph, we are called to reflect in a special way on the example of Jesus’ earthly father.

As a Catholic women’s conference, we are paying special attention to St. Joseph this Father’s Day because we recognize how important he was in a very special woman’s life. His loving care of Mary and steadfast faith in the Lord’s call for him show us that he recognized that Mary was God’s chosen one, that Mary was, indeed, holy and beloved. We don’t hear from St. Joseph in Scripture, but we do hear about what he did. St. Joseph was a man of action and righteousness, obeying the Lord’s angels, committing himself to the love and care of Mary and Jesus, protecting his family.

In this year dedicated to St. Joseph, the man who treated Mary as the holy and beloved woman that she was, women of faith are invited to come together in October to be reminded that we are all holy and beloved, that we are all God’s chosen ones. How appropriate that we will gather at St. Joseph’s Fullerton, a pilgrimage site in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for this special year. We will worship and pray together, with opportunities for confession and Adoration. We will get to hear from exciting and faith-filled keynote speakers. We will get to enjoy the company of other faithful women.

As you honor and celebrate the special fathers in your lives, consider the father who cared and provided for Mary and Jesus. Consider the Father who specially chose Mary, who has chosen each of us. And consider joining us on Saturday, October 2 at St. Joseph’s Church Fullerton in the Year of St. Joseph to be reminded of God’s loving care of us, to be reminded that we are holy and beloved.