A statue of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, sits on the altar table during Mass.
A statue of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, sits on the altar table during Mass.

Recalling the beloved classic movie “The Quiet Man,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., likened its lead character to another strong but soft-spoken gentleman.

“Some of you may not remember either the film or the actors, but it took place in Ireland, where John Wayne had returned after a boxing career in the U.S. to find some peace and quiet. Ironically, he fell in love and found just the opposite.

“Today is the Solemn Feast of St. Joseph, the Spouse of Mary. If a film would be made of his life today, I think it might also be called ‘The Quiet Man’ – but with a different storyline,” Bishop O’Connell preached during the Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

The Mass was pre-recorded in the diocesan Chancery building chapel and aired on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. In attendance were Sisters of St. Joseph Rose and Margaret McDermott, siblings and members of the Pastoral Center staff. Sister Rose is the diocesan delegate for religious. 

St. Joseph, the Bishop preached,  was truly "the quiet man" in the history of human salvation. 

“Holy Scripture does not have much to  say about him, nor does it contain much of a record about things he said,” Bishop O’Connell continued. “Yet, his quiet and unassuming role in the lives of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Divine Son Jesus have earned him an unforgettable and amazing place in our Christian faith.”

To hear more of Bishop O’Connell’s homily on St. Joseph, the Patron the Universal Church, visit YouTube.com/trentondiocese.