March 19 is a special day for the Kasanag Daughters Foundation Inc. (KDFI) as it marks the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the foundation’s patron saint. St. Joseph is known as the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the guardian and protector of the Holy Family, and the patron saint of workers and fathers. For the KDFI, St. Joseph serves as a model of a caring and responsible father figure, a quality that the foundation aims to instill in the lives of the girls under its care.
Every year on this day, the KDFI holds a special celebration to honor their patron saint and thank him for his protection and guidance. The celebration typically starts with a Holy Eucharist, which is officiated by a priest from the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ), the religious congregation that started and manages the KDFI. This is followed by a common meal and a program prepared by the daughters, which showcases their talents and achievements.
The celebration is a momentous event for the KDFI community, which includes beneficiaries of the foundation, staff, board members, former daughters, benefactors, SCJ priests, and friends. It provides an opportunity for them to come together in prayer, fellowship, and gratitude, and to renew their commitment to the mission of the KDFI, which is to provide a safe and nurturing home for young girls who are at risk of abuse, exploitation, and neglect.
This year, the celebration started with a Holy Eucharist at 10:30 AM, officiated by Rev. Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ.
The purpose of the celebration is not only to honor St. Joseph but also to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the KDFI staff and volunteers who have devoted their lives to the organization’s mission.
As we reflect on the life and legacy of St. Joseph, may we be inspired by his example of humility, obedience, and love. May we also be reminded of the importance of fatherhood and the role of men in protecting and nurturing the lives of the vulnerable and marginalized, especially young girls who are in need of care and support. Finally, may we continue to support and pray for the KDFI and its mission to empower and transform the lives of the girls under its care, as they honor their patron saint and fulfill their vision of a society where every girl is loved, respected, and empowered to reach her full potential.