On this, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, marking the 150th anniversary when Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed St Joseph as the Patron Saint of the Universal Church in 1870, we remember fathers throughout the world. To aid us in our prayer and reflections, we have a dedicated prayer booklet for the Year of St. Joseph which can be downloaded from the website. In addition we will be hearing from fathers who live in our diocese, speak of their experience of being a father. We hope you will enjoy these audio recordings which begin with Simon Wilkins from Taunton and his experience of being a dad! Every other week we hope to have further reflections. If you would like to share your experience of being a father please do contact Sarah: sarah.adams@cliftondiocese.com

In addition we have a reflection on the ‘colours’ of St. Joseph by one of our seminarians of the same name – Joseph Meigh. We hope you will enjoy what is on offer as we move through this special year.

Ben Sloper

Ben is married to Colette and they have two children, both still at school. They live in Crewkerne and are part of the English Martyrs, Chard parishes.  Ben and his family moved to Somerset in 2017 from West Sussex where he worked as a herdsman on a dairy farm.  In his spare time he enjoys kayaking and walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside as well as cooking and playing guitar. 

Simon Wilkins has recorded a short reflection for us which you can listen to below:

Simon lives in Taunton with his wife and daughter and is a parishioner of St George’s. He is studying for a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership, loves being outside and enjoys walking, swimming and his garden.

Joseph C. Meigh, 5th Year Seminarian for the Diocese of Clifton, Reflects for us on St Joseph in Seven Colours.

Read his full Reflection here: Joseph seven colours PDF

Prayer for the Year of St Joseph document: Prayer for the Year of St Joseph PDF