Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope

It seems so providential that we would meet here in Rome for this extraordinarily significant event during Lent.

These forty days are a sacred occasion of recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery – uniting ourselves to the death of Jesus by dying to sin, through prayer, sacrifice, and acts of charity, so that we might rise with Him to life at Easter.

Sure enough, the Church is experiencing death, as we observe the passing of a beloved Pontiff, and await the rebirth that comes with the election of a new one.

And these days of transition allow us as the Church to die to sin, corruption, scandal, and evil, even in the members of the Church – including her leaders – so that the Church can then rise to renewed life.

It also seems providential that we undergo this passing of one Pope and the rising up of a new one during March, classically devoted to St. Joseph (whose feastday is March 19th).

St. Joseph, a man of silence – and we need quiet reflection as the College of Cardinals and members of the Church;

St. Joseph, a man who dealt with emergencies – – think of his virgin wife’s “untimely,” embarrassing pregnancy; the birth of Jesus in exile, in a stable; the flight to Egypt to escape a murdering tyrant, the three-day loss of his boy – – with calmness, trust in God, and responsibility.  What an example he is as we see so many “emergencies” in the Church and the world today!

St. Joseph, ever attentive to God’s will, placing Jesus and Mary at the heart of his life, reliable in his duties to care and protect his virgin wife and adopted son; a working-man who took pride in his profession as a carpenter.

No wonder we call him the Patron of the Church Universal.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a new Pope by his feastday?

I’m going to begin a novena to him on March 11, nine days of prayer in preparation for his feastday (two days after St. Patrick’s Day), asking him and his virgin-wife to look after the Church, and get us an inspired new Successor of St. Peter.  Will you join me?

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23 Responses to “Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope”

  1. Eminence,
    I would like to express my thanksgiving for your invitation. St. Joseph is Protector Sanctae Ecclesiae, Patron of the Church Uviversal. I will spread your request in my religious family, the Oblates of St. Joseph
    Sincerely
    Fr. Guido M. Miglietta OSJ

  2. Karen Fromm says:

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan. Praying for all of you that the Holy Spirit will inspire you. St. Joseph pray for us.

  3. will participate. :) of course. Yes, we need to set the Church on fire. Now is the time!
    This is why i am praying for a humble priest who is now archbishop if it is God’s will.
    http://cpandf.wall.fm/blogs/16#.UTfEZ1e_NJI
    His motto says everything! TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH.The Pope does not have to be one of the cardinals .there is no such requirement as i understand it.

  4. Aaron says:

    Cardinal Dolan, do you have a particular prayer you intend to say for the Novena?

  5. Laura J. says:

    Yes, Your Eminence….will join you in prayer to our loving St. Joseph. God Bless you!!!!

  6. mary mandeville says:

    I keep trying to send the code…but it doesn’t work. I would like to do the St Joseph’s Novena.

  7. Lawrence Barker says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    In this time after Pope Benedict’s retirement and as you enjoin us to begin a novena with you to help select his successor, how should we respond to those who mock our recent spiritual leader, with whom you had a special and loving relationship? I refer specifically to the cover of the most recent New Yorker magazine, which is to my mind offensive to all Catholics, including the magazine’s Catholic subscribers and any Catholic employees they may have.

    I am really tired of having to look at these things and not hearing a response or wondering how to give one. I know as Christians we are required to turn the other cheek, but are we not also required to be defenders of the faith? Can we not ask for an apology from their editors? Would you be able to do this for us?

    I am a writer and I like this magazine but as a Catholic I cannot give support to this kind of casual anti-Catholicism. It seems as if the scandals have allowed our mockers to have an upper hand and do and say as they wish. As you say above, sometimes there must be death before life. Isn’t it time for goodness and life to rise again in our once-beloved Church? I believe we must protect and show some semblance of respect for Her as the bride of Christ if we are to raise our heads and properly love God through Her once more. Please help me understand how we can set this straight. Thank you.

  8. Kathleen LaGrange says:

    please let me join in prayer

  9. Sharon Williams says:

    I love St. Joseph and how he cared for the Holy Family. I will absolutely join you in asking him to intercede before the Holy Spirit to guide the College of Cardinals in their selection and discernment of the new Holy Father for our Church family.

  10. Mary Bryne says:

    This is a wonderful idea, Cardinal Dolan. May God bless you and all the Cardinals who will be discerning and voting for our next Pontiff.
    Count me in on the novena.

  11. Angela Dudley says:

    Dear Father Dolan,

    I am no longer a Catholic, due to my beliefs, but I was raised Catholic and still love and respect the Church. I am confident that you and the other cardinals are safe in God’s arms and the Holy Spirit will be your constant inspiration during the conclave.

    I hope you don’t mind a former Catholic joining your novena, asking St Joseph to bless you with his courage, strength, humility, and devotion.

    Sincerely,
    Angela Dudley

  12. Xochitl Blanco says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Count on me!!!!

  13. Christina says:

    We must pray for the Intercession of St Joseph Terror of Demons for a Marian Pope. I believe it will be Burke. Lets pray a way for Mary to bring Christ will be accomplished through the intercession of St Joseph. http://embracingyourgreatness.blogspot.com/2012/10/st-joseph-terror-of-demons-our-lady-of.html?m=1

  14. Randy says:

    We are one with you in praying for this very important event ( I would say God’s intervention) in the history of our church. Let the virtue of St. Joseph inspire you and all the Cardinals. I also believe that this event does not only catches the attention of all Christians and people in the world but also renew the fire of love for our beloved church.

  15. Christine says:

    I am in. Thank you for your warm, fresh leadership!

  16. Tom says:

    With tears in my eyes I write…I want my pope back. God choose Benedict XVI to sit on the chair of St. Peter. If the Holy Father truly resigned because he wasn’t physically able to fulfill his duty, then fine. BUT if the Holy Father resigned because corruption in the Curia is so bad he couldn’t fix it any other way then I beg the cardinals to correct this evil and put Benedict XVI back on the chair of Peter where he belongs. All of you cardinals owe it to God to do the right thing. Call Archbishop Georg Geinswein to the congrgation meetings and get the truth from him, at least try and do something.

  17. joe brown says:

    I’ll be joining u Eminence!

  18. Thomas Post says:

    I had to lookup Novena “a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days”. I look forward to the next Pope with such hope and expectation of the joy that he will bring just as past Popes have. You also have been a source of joy in your speaking and writing, I will pray the master finds you faithful and wise over his household, giving them their food at the proper time.

  19. Bryan Pennett says:

    This is great:):):)

  20. John Dey says:

    Joining you for the novena – thanks for leading us!

  21. Tanner says:

    Absolutly I will join you if you could share with me the prayers you are going to be using for each day?

  22. Tom D'Auria says:

    Eminence,
    We will join your novena for St. Joseph on March 11. Just in case you missed the article in today’s NY Times with an interesting picture of you from 1974, I’ve included the link here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/nyregion/cardinal-dolan-pope-material-or-not-gains-notice-in-rome.html?ref=todayspaper

    May God guide you in your seleection of our next Holy Father (may it be you),
    Tom D’Auria

  23. DEB SHANK says:

    TO START I AM NOT CATHLOIC BUT HAVE HAD INTEREST IN THE CATHLOIC FAITH.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE CHURCH ALOUDS NONE CATHLOICS IN FOR SUNDAY SERVICES. I HAVE TO SAY CARDINAL DOLAN BRINGS SMILES TO MY FACE. HE IS A JOY TO HEAR. I HAD FOLLOWED POPE JOHN PAUL AND FEEL LIKE I COULD FEEL THE KINDNESS AND EVEN THE PAIN IN HIS FACE. I ADMIRED HIM SO AS A LEADER OF OUR WORLD. I ALREADY HAVE MANY OF THE SAME FEELINGS FOR POPE FRANCES. EVEN NOT BEING CATHLOIC I HAVE SAID PRAYERS FOR HIM AND MAY THE LORD GOD BLESS HIM.
    I DO BELEIVE MY WAY IS TO THE CHURCH BUT HOW DO I BEGIN? I DO PRAY MAY THE LORD GOD BLESS YOU AND POPE FRANCES. THANKS FOR HEARING ME
    DEB