St. Joseph has much to teach about discipleship, Archbishop Alexander Sample said June 11 during a Friday evening livestreamed chat from his home chapel.

The archbishop urged viewers to read Pope Francis’ apostolic letter on the saint, “Patris Corde” — Latin for “a father’s heart.” The pope wrote the letter to mark 150 years since St. Joseph became universal patron of the church, but the pope also has a deep personal devotion to the earthly father of Jesus.

Archbishop Sample echoed the pope’s reflection that St. Joseph had a significant role in the plan of salvation by loving Jesus with a father’s heart. The saint now loves everyone in the same way, the archbishop told viewers.

Archbishop Sample said St. Joseph shows today’s disciples to approach others with fatherly tenderness and mercy. “He teaches us that God can work through our frailties,” the archbishop explained. “He teaches us to trust that God sees the bigger picture.”

Joseph is obedient to God’s will and accepts matters as they come, Pope Francis wrote. Joseph also is a creative and hardworking father who is not afraid to labor in the background, the archbishop said, adding that a man becomes a father not by creating a child but by protecting and taking up responsibility for the child.

“St. Joseph never made himself the center of things,” Archbishop Sample said.

After the presentation, the archbishop kicked off nine days of prayer for the intercession of St. Joseph leading up to Father’s Day.

On June 9, Deacon James Thurman of St. Paul Parish in Silverton gave a talk on Facebook live about consecration to St. Joseph. It was part of an Archdiocese of Portland lecture series for the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis.

“He was a man of action, a man of humility, a man of virtue,” Deacon Thurman said, explaining that consecration is a turn to holiness with St. Joseph as a guide and model.

“We need the spiritual fatherhood of St. Joseph as our church and our culture are unraveling before our eyes,” Deacon Thurman said. “We need St. Joseph to help us be the men we are called to be.”

The duty of men, the deacon explained, is to “be saints for our wives and our children.”

Consecration to St. Joseph is set out in a book by Father Donald Calloway, “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father.”

Another livestreamed talk on St. Joseph is set for July 14, 7 p.m., with Father Theodore Lange, who will discuss “The Custodian of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary.”