We Brothers of Saint Joseph model our commitment to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by:

 

Serving our Bishop and Clergy (Acts 2:42

The two crosiers symbolize our allegiance to Bishop Craig Bates, our Patriarch and our clergy.

 

Building men of God and strong Christian families (Joshua 24:15)

The only way to build men of God and strong Christian families is with the Word of God (Jesus).  The Word of God is the foundation upon which we build.

 

Defending the Pre-born (Jeremiah 1:5)

Moses and Jesus were almost murdered at a very young age.  Moses was saved on the water in a basket.  Jesus was rushed away (possibly in a basket) to safety.  This basket is empty because roughly 4,000 babies are murdered every day in their own mother’s womb.  Therefore, we must defend the Pre-born so one day, this basket will be filled with a beautiful baby as God intended.

 

Helping those in need (Psalm 68:5)

We are called to reach out our hands and help those in need, especially the widows and the fatherless.

 

Cross

[1Pe 3:18] For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,

 

Eucharist

[Jn 6:53] Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. [54] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. [55] For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. [56] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. [57] Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

 

Shield and Swords:  Represent our spiritually militant stance.  The shield and drawn swords symbolize our calling to support and defend our clergy, families, the Pre-Born, those in need as well as our fellow brothers.  We are fighting to advance God’s kingdom on earth as well as the assaults from a secular, humanistic culture.

 

Colors:  The black quadrants symbolize a dark world that needs the light of the Gospel.  The red quadrants symbolize the blood of Jesus, the martyrs, and the Pre-born.

 

Dominus Fratresque means “My LORD and My Brothers”