Plenary Indulgences during the Year of St. Joseph

St. Joseph the WorkerOn December 8, 2020, Pope Francis announced a special Year of Saint Joseph to be celebrated, in which all faithful, after St. Joseph's example, may daily reinforce their own life of faith in complete fulfilment of God’s will. All the faithful will thus have the opportunity to commit themselves, with prayer and good works, to obtain, with the help of St Joseph, head of the heavenly Family of Nazareth, comfort and relief from the serious human and social tribulations that besiege the contemporary world today.

The gift of the Indulgences that the Apostolic Penitentiary kindly bestows during the Year of Saint Joseph, through this Decree issued according to Pope Francis’ wish, will contribute greatly to the perfect accomplishment of the designated purpose. A plenary indulgence remits all temporal punishment due to sin and must be accompanied by full detachment from sin. According to the decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary, there are a variety of ways to receive an indulgence in the Year of St. Joseph. The usual conditions to obtain any plenary indulgence apply so these acts must be accompanied by:

  1. Sacramental confession
  2. Eucharistic Communion
  3. Prayer for the pope’s intentions


St. Joseph is Authentic

  • Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph
  • Meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, because St. Joseph “invites us to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will”


St. Joseph is Just

  • Follow St. Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy. These include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the imprisoned, visiting the sick, and burying the dead
  • Perform one of the spiritual works of mercy, such as comforting the sorrowful, counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injuries, and praying for the living and the dead


St. Joseph is a Guardian

  • Pray the rosary together with one’s family in order that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family”
  • Engaged couples can also receive an indulgence from praying the rosary together


St. Joseph is a Worker

  • Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker
  • Pray for St. Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying work


St. Joseph endures Persecution

  • Recite the Litany of St. Joseph or some other prayer to Saint Joseph for the relief of all Christians who suffer any form of persecution


Special Days for Prayer during the Year of St. Joseph

  • Honor St. Joseph with an act of piety or approved prayer on any Wednesday, the day traditionally dedicated to St. Joseph
  • Pray to St. Joseph on the 19th of any month
  • Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19 with an act of piety in honor of St. Joseph
  • Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 with an act of piety or prayer
  • Pray to St. Joseph on the Feast of the Holy Family on December 27