St. Joseph, Protector Of Fathers

Celebrated annually on March 19, Saint Joseph was the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the guardian-father of Jesus Christ. A carpenter by trade, he is regarded as the protector of all men who earn their livings through laborious work. He is also the patron saint of fathers. (NB March 19 is also Father’s Day in Italy.)

Legend is that in Sicily and southern Italy during the 10th century, a drought caused a severe famine. The faithful prayed to Saint Joseph to bring rain, and in return, they promised to hold a feast in his honor. Rain and recovery from hunger did come, and since then, Saint Joseph has been one of the most venerated saints south of Rome.

Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day on Sunday, March 15 with Experience Sicily in New York City at Cacio e Vino restaurant! Reserve your spot at