Everything we know about this carpenter, the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus, comes from Scripture. Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage, the family of King David. Joseph was a compassionate, caring man who sheltered Mary and Jesus, a man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him though he did not know the outcome. Joseph treated Jesus as his own son. Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry. Joseph is the patron of the dying because he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth. He is also patron saint of St. Joseph Catholic School and the universal Church, of Canada, of fathers, carpenters, and social justice.