St. Joseph Summit Begins Sept. 30

The virtual event will include more than 40 presenters teaching the spiritual importance of Jesus’ earthly father.

The St. Joseph Summit kicks off next week.
The St. Joseph Summit kicks off next week. (photo: St. Joseph Summit / St. Joseph Summit)

A California-based ministry, with the support of the Diocese of Orange, is hosting a virtual four-day summit on St. Joseph beginning Sept. 30. The event will include more than 40 presenters teaching the spiritual importance of Jesus’ earthly father. 

The diocese just released an online video trailer previewing the summit. 

“St. Joseph can have a powerful influence in your life and wants to be your spiritual father,” the trailer says. “He wants to give you that protection. But we need to learn how to call upon him in prayer; learn how to foster a better devotion to him.”

“The St. Joseph Summit will give you the keys to bring St. Joseph into your life, the life of your family and the Church,” the trailer says. “This Sept. 30, you’re invited to pilgrimage to the heart of St. Joseph.”

The virtual summit, which will take place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, is being run by Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry, an organization within the diocese dedicated to evangelization.

Summit founder Deacon Steve Greco called St. Joseph “the greatest male saint in the Catholic Church” in a Sept. 22 press release. 

On Dec. 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared the start of the Year of St. Joseph and issued his apostolic letter on St. Joseph, Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart). The year will conclude on Dec. 8, 2021.

The St. Joseph Summit is free to “attend” online, but those who purchase a “passport” upgrade will be granted lifetime access to the summit presentations, as well as a copy of the Consecration to Saint Joseph in audio book or e-book format.

Some presenters at the summit include Father Donald Calloway, who compiled the “Consecration to St. Joseph,” along with Cardinal Raymond Burke; Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco; Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas; Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference; Bishop Gerald Barbarito of Palm Beach, Florida; Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange; theologian Scott Hahn and speaker Chris Stefanick, host of EWTN’s Real Life Catholic

“St. Joseph is the man of the hour,” Deacon Greco said. “This is his year, and we know that this summit is a point of grace for people everywhere who are seeking in these most challenging times.”

Other “special guest” summit speakers include: Jason and Crystalina Evert from the Chastity Project, Leah Darrow from Lux Catholic, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly of the Knights of Columbus and James Wahlberg, filmmaker and brother of actor Mark Wahlberg.


Oscar Wergeland, “Service in a German Village Church,” ca. 1880

This Sunday, I’ll Be Going to Church. Will You Join Me?

“The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.” [CCC 2181]