St. Joseph was born in 1603 at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave himself up entirely to a life of devotion to the Lord and his church. His deep devotional life led him to the kind of holiness which is forged through humility, voluntary mortification, and obedience.
When he was young, Joseph had a hard time learning. When he was about 18, his mother found him a job at the Franciscan monastery as a servant where he worked hard with the horses. As he spent time in the monastery, Joseph began to change. He grew in humility and gentleness, fruits of the Holy Spirit at work in him. He became more careful and successful at his work and his desire to enter the Franciscan order was fulfilled. After he became a priest, the Holy Spirit began to work many amazing miracles through St. Joseph. Over seventy times, people say they saw him rise from the ground while offering mass or praying. Often he went into ecstasy and would be caught up in talking with God. He fell so deeply in love with God that everything he saw only drew him into a deeper union. St. Joseph became so famous for the miracles that he was finally kept hidden from the public, but he was happy for the chance to be alone with his beloved Lord.
One of our homes in Wetaskiwin has chosen St. Joseph as their patron Saint because, if he was alive today, he could very well live there as he was coinsidered slow and absent minded. Even his mother thought he couldn't do anything right; plus he had a bad temper. Working for the friars helped him find a connection to the Lord that helped him create a new balance and direction. We also want our residents to find their balance and direction and be recognized for their own special talents and contributions to the world.