Nakuru, 19 January, 2021 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
As the Catholic Church all over the world continues to observe the Year of St. Joseph, which Pope Francis declared on 8 December 2020, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has called upon male parents in the East African country to emulate the father of Jesus and to be good examples to their children.
Speaking on the sidelines of the second Provincial Chapter of the Spiritans in Kenya January 14 in Nakuru Diocese, Archbishop Bert van Megen noted that St. Joseph was a father who took good care of Jesus even before the world knew about him as the Christ.
“Jesus was, for 30 years, in hidden life. We knew about him for only about three and half years but for the other 30 years, we hardly knew anything about him and that was the time that Joseph and Mary took care of their child, where Joseph taught his child to work and how to be a carpenter,” Archbishop van Megen said.
He added, “An advice to fathers, stay with your children. Stay with your sons also and especially teach them how to work and how to dedicate themselves completely to work.”
Marking 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church on the last Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis proclaimed the “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020 to 8 December this year.