And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we have contemplated his glory, a glory as of an only-begotten with a father), full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)


The Lord has come to us as a child!  This year at the Juniorate we dressed our Baby Jesus as a carpenter since Jesus humbled Himself to live among us and work at the side of Saint Joseph as a carpenter in Nazareth.

Though He was God, He was willing to learn the dignity of labor and to be considered “the carpenter’s son” (Matthew 13:55) during His hidden years, despite His true divinity.

In the face of this mystery, we honor both the Incarnation and the foster-father, Saint Joseph who has been such a faithful intercessor and guardian for us as he was of the Holy Family in Bethlehem, the Flight into Egypt, and the return to Nazareth.

They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” (John 6:24)

Let us affirm that Jesus is “come down from heaven”, and that we do know his earthly foster-father Joseph and his mother Mary.  Let us kneel at His crib and come to find Him at the altar.

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A message from our missionaries…

Merry Christmas to all!  Feliz Navidad!

Sisters of the Province of the Immaculate Conception