At St. Joseph Shrine, foster father of Jesus is a vibrant presence (VIDEO)

DETROIT — One hundred and fifty years ago, Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph as the patron of the universal Church. That same year, the groundwork was being laid for the church that would become St. Joseph Shrine on Jay Street in downtown Detroit.

Today, both stand as unshakeable witnesses to the power of the foster father of Jesus in the lives of millions of Catholic husbands, fathers and families. 

This year, during a special Year of St. Joseph, Detroit Catholic took an inside look at the faith and devotion of St. Joseph Shrine, led by the canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

Video by Andrew Kleczek and Joe Pelletier