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Giovanni Figini (centre) with friends Luke (left) and Daniel on the Camino to St Joseph (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Following on from Sydney’s successful Camino of St Joseph, more than 300 men came together to celebrate the feast of St Joseph the Worker and the end of their 33-day consecration to the saint. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Giovanni Figini, a parishioner from St Ambrose in Concord West, was among the men who attended the feast day Mass at St Peter Chanel in Berala on May 1.

He said it was the perfect opportunity to continue developing the spiritual fruits from the 22km overnight camino walk on April 26 and month of prayer and learning about St Joseph.

“Though much isn’t said in the scriptures about St Joseph, in between the lines there is actually a lot we can learn from him,” he said.

“One thing I never considered was the graces that St Joseph must have had for the holy family to be entrusted to him.

“It’s scary to see so the world walking in the opposite direction to Christ. But looking at these men from different walks of life get together under the umbrella of Jesus to pray gives me hope for the future, for myself, my family and my children.”

As the father of two prepares to welcome a third child, he hopes to apply the lessons of St Joseph in their lives.

“He is the best example of fatherhood and how to look after the real needs of the family, including spiritually,” he said.

“We need this example where you provide not just with money and work, but faith. It means you go back home, hug your wife and children and thank God for the opportunity to build a home for them.”

Fr Adrian Simmons, who attended the consecration Mass, said it was the great forum for men who have struggled on the path to Jesus but have a genuine and real desire to discover his love.


Camino regathers at feast of St Joseph the worker (By Darren Ally, The Catholic Weekly)