16 Ways to Obtain Plenary Indulgence in the Year of St Joseph

from the Decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary

On 8 December 2020, Pope Francis declared the Year of St. Joseph with the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (With a father's Heart).

This date also marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

The Apostolic Penitentiary issued a Decree granting plenary indulgences for the year of St. Joseph that is from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.

Here are the 16 ways one can obtain a plenary indulgence in the Year of St Joseph:

1. Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph.

2. Pray for St. Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying work.

3. Recite the Litany of St. Joseph for persecuted Christians. Byzantine Catholics have the option of an Akathist to St. Joseph.

4. Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker.

5. Follow St. Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy. These include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the imprisoned, visiting the sick, and burying the dead.

6. Perform one of the spiritual works of mercy, such as comforting the sorrowful, counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injuries, and praying for the living and the dead.

7. Pray the Rosary together with one’s family in order that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.”

8. Engaged couples can also receive an indulgence from praying the Rosary together.