St. Joseph’s Chapel
This family chapel was built using century-old wood and is consecrated to St. Joseph. He was Virgin Mary’s spouse and Jesus’ legal father. The name Joseph is of Hebrew origin and it means “God will add”. The Gospels describe Joseph as a “tekton”, which translates as “carpenter”, and in Greek this word means a skilled craftsman in the art of woodwork. St. Joseph is also referred to as a silent saint because the Gospels do not record any of his words. St. Joseph can therefore be said to have learned the value of silence and to have been a man of deeds, not words. That is why the Church commemorates St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. Joseph is a role model for today’s young people as well because his example can teach them to be individuals who will value work and deeds instead of empty words. In 1870, Pope Pius IX proclaimed St. Joseph the patron of the Universal Church, protector from mistrust and hesitation, and patron for a happy death. In 1687, the Croatian Parliament declared St. Joseph the country’s patron saint.