We rejoice with the Universal Church on the one-year anniversary of the installation of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, on March 19th, the Solemnity of St. Joseph!
While we celebrate our Great Patron St. Joseph every year on our anniversary of foundation (March 19, 1988), this year we also gave special thanks for the gift of the Successor of St. Peter in the midst of the Church. St. Joseph is also honored in the papal shield of Pope Francis in the form of a spikenard blossom.
A number of our missionary sisters have been able to greet the Holy Father in the past few weeks. See this the SSVM international photo gallery showing Pope Francis’ encounters with Sr. Maria Virgen del Mar (missionary in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea), Sr. Maria Guadalupe and Fr. Rodrigo Miranda, IVE (missionaries in Aleppo, Syria), Sr. Mariam Fatme (missionary contemplative), and Sr. Maria Blagoveschenie (Byzantine-rite SSVM sister in Ukraine).
Congratulations, Holy Father! Ad multos annos! May Our Lady of Lujan continue to bless and protect you, her first Argentinian son to be called to the Chair of Peter!