Denver, Colo., May 3, 2021 / 16:00 pm
A new online course to be offered by the Archdiocese of Denver this summer will aim to teach lessons from St. Joseph, in honor of the ongoing Year of St. Joseph.
The course for both men and women will be taught by Daniel Campbell, director of Denver’s St. John Vianney Seminary Lay Division. He told CNA that the course is intended to offer an intensive, in-depth study of Jesus’ foster father, based primarily on Scripture.
Pope Francis in December declared a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX declaring the saint patron of the Universal Church.
"It's not just a great opportunity to learn about Joseph, but in the Year of St. Joseph it's such a great chance to expose ourselves to the graces of his intercession," Campbell told CNA of his course.
The Denver seminary’s Lay Division holds many programs of study throughout the year, he said, the main two programs being a four-year biblical school and two-year catechetical school. While the courses were previously accessible only to the faithful of Colorado, anyone may now join for the six-week St. Joseph course, as it is being offered online.
The online course will span six weeks, with lectures taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mornings (9:30-11:30 a.m.) and evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.), beginning on Tuesday, July 13. All four lectures each week will be the same, so people can choose the day and time that works best for them each week, Campbell says.
The course curriculum will use Scripture as its basis, working through the basic chronology of St. Joseph’s life and explaining the theological significance of events involving him.
The course will also offer meditations on the genealogy of Christ - which is also Joseph's genealogy - as well as on Joseph’s response to significant Scriptural events including the Incarnation, Christ’s birth, the adoration of the Magi and the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt.