Dating back to the 1920s, when our founder, Father Judge, acquired a small farm atop a scenic hill in the Watchung Mountains, the Shrine of St. Joseph has served as a place of rest and retreat.
Through the years, the Shrine has become a grounding place for people on a faith journey . . . a sacred place where all people can journey with their God. Our mission is about people — at the Shrine, people can “go to Joseph,” as Fr. Judge used to tell us. They can trust in the compassion, understanding and acceptance they find. The miracle of God’s closeness touches those who visit and pray here.
Still today, thousands of men and women and children visit annually. They arrive in cars and chartered buses, in groups and individually. Some stay for a day, others for an hour. Fr. Judge’s belief that in the ordinary events of one’s life the extraordinary happens energizes our mission to nourish spiritual growth.
In 2014, a new mission plan for the Shrine was inaugurated. This plan, built upon several “pillars of ministry” brings renewed energy and focuses the Shrine of St. Joseph as a place of spiritual formation and as a mission center committed to responding to the pressing needs of the Church and our world. The four main pillars of service are: Spiritual & Apostolic Development, Recovery Ministry, Peace Center and Human Rights & Development.