When Is Saint Joseph's Day?

Find the date and day of the week of Saint Joseph's Day in this and other years

Statue of Saint Joseph, Senlis Cathedral
Statue of Saint Joseph, Senlis Cathedral. Christophe Lehenaff/Photononstop/Getty Images

Saint Joseph's Day celebrates the life of the foster father of Jesus Christ. When is Saint Joseph's Day?

How Is the Date of Saint Joseph's Day Determined?

Like the feasts of all saints, Saint Joseph's Day is normally celebrated on the same date each year—in this case, March 19. That means that it falls on a different day of the week each year. In addition, because Saint Joseph's Day falls during Lent each year, the celebration of the feast is sometimes transferred—when, for instance, it falls on a Sunday of Lent or during Holy Week.

Because Saint Joseph's Day is a solemnity—the most important type of feast in the Catholic Church (all Holy Days of Obligation are solemnities)—the obligation to abstain from meat (or perform another form of penance) is abrogated when Saint Joseph's Day falls on a Friday.

When Is Saint Joseph's Day This Year?

Saint Joseph's day will be celebrated on the following date and day of the week this year:

  • Saint Joseph's Day 2017: Monday, March 20, 2017 (transferred because March 19 fell on a Sunday during Lent)

When Is Saint Joseph's Day in Future Years?

Here are the dates and days of the week when Saint Joseph's Day will fall next year and in future years:

  • Saint Joseph's Day 2018: Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2019: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2020: Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2021: Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2022: Saturday, March 19, 2022
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2023: Monday, March 20, 2023 (transferred because March 19 fell on a Sunday during Lent)
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2024: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2025: Wednesday, March 19, 2025
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2026: Thursday, March 19, 2026
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2027: Friday, March 19, 2027
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2028: Monday, March 20, 2028 (transferred because March 19 fell on a Sunday during Lent)
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2029: Monday, March 19, 2029
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2030: Tuesday, March 19, 2030

When Was Saint Joseph's Day in Previous Years?

Here are the dates and days of the week when Saint Joseph's Day fell in previous years, going back to 2007:

  • Saint Joseph's Day 2007: Monday, March 19, 2007
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2008: Saturday, March 15, 2008 (transferred because March 19 fell during Holy Week) 
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2009: Thursday, March 19, 2009
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2010: Friday, March 19, 2010
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2011: Saturday, March 19, 2011
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2012: Monday, March 19, 2012
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2013: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2014: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2015: Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • Saint Joseph's Day 2016: Thursday, March 19, 2016

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