Feast Day of St. Joseph
St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, of workers, expecting mothers, and immigrants. We celebrate his feast day on March 19.
Joseph was a manual laborer, spouse to Mary and foster father to Jesus. He said "yes" to God’s calling.
In March, the solemn novena* to St. Joseph begins on March 10 and concludes on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19.
*Novena is Latin for "nine", so nine days of prayer in succession.
The National Shrine of St. Joseph is located at the St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wis. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims yearly seeking St. Joseph’s intercession and following his “humble, quiet example, in a humble quiet place”.
The statue is located in the oratory or entryway into the church at St. Norbert's and speaks of hope. St. Joseph is the adoptive father of Jesus. This statue speaks to taking others into your home and giving them tender loving care, just as we would give tender loving care to all patients and families who enter into “our home”, the walls of the hospital.
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History of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
The Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis came to Chippewa Falls on June 28, 1885, at the invitation of Father Charles Goldsmith, the first and only pastor in Chippewa Falls at the time.
By November, the 2-acre property of Edward Rutledge was purchased. The sale of hospital tickets to loggers (a $5 ticket insured the holder for one year in case of sickness including medicine) funded the procurement of the property and building additions.
In the 1970's, the Hospital Sisters began a major capital campaign to raise funds for a larger facility. The 'new' HSHS St. Joseph's was formally opened on September 21, 1975, on County Highway I. In 1976, the first lay administrator was appointed.
Fifteen Sisters have served as administrator and many worked in the hospital. Educational offerings and retreats for staff preserve the Sisters' mission to provide care in the Franciscan spirit and continue our Catholic healing ministry.