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I heard that St. Joseph was added to the Eucharistic Prayers by Pope Francis. How is a saint added?

The Vatican issues a decree in order to add a saint to the prayers.

On June 19, Vatican Radio reported, "In the first decree of a liturgical nature of this pontificate, Pope Francis has decided that the name of St. Joseph should be added to the Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV, as they appear in the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, after the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary."

Eucharistic Prayer II states: "that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her spouse, with the blessed apostles."

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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.