Our patron is finally home. 

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Archdiocese in 2012, iconographer Andre Prevost was commissioned to write a new icon of St. Joseph the Worker. This beautiful icon was blessed at a special Mass on May 1, 2013, our patronal feast, and then began an 18-month journey to each parish in the Archdiocese, logging hundreds of kilometres along the way. The journey ended in the spring of 2015, and in July it was permanently installed behind the altar of the St. Joseph Chapel inside St. Joseph Basilica. On Saturday, July 25, Andre was on hand to visit the chapel and witness Archbishop Smith's blessing of a commemorative plaque.

Visitors to the chapel will a unique depiction of St. Joseph wearing his carpenter's shop apron, his left hand resting on a wood-chipping tool and his right hand reaching out, inviting people to himself. The icon is a reminder to us to be open to the working of God in our lives, and an invitation to trust in what God is doing, just as Joseph did.

The small St. Joseph Chapel can be easy to miss. To find it, walk up the south side aisle and look for the stone statue of St. Joseph that now graces the entrance.

To learn more about the making of the icon and its symbolism in Andre's own words, visit the Icon of St. Joseph the Worker page of the website.