Posted On 2023-03-01 In Covenant Life

An apartment for Josepheena

GERMANY, Cordula-Maria Weidtmann •

St. Joseph has proven to be a faithful intercessor for many people. Therefore, we have called upon him for a special request. On his feast day, March 19, we would like to share our experience with you. —

Hl. Josef mit Maria und dem Jesuskind

St. Joseph with Mary and the Child Jesus

We were looking for the first tenants for a condominium. A prospective tenant dropped out 3 weeks before we were to move in. Acquaintances of ours had placed a note under the statue of St. Joseph several times while looking for an apartment. Our note, dated December 7, 2022, read something like this:

“Dear St. Joseph, we ask You for a renter after Your own heart. We are sure that You will show us exactly who should get this apartment. We thank You and ask You to bless this person.

Just one day later, on December 8, Fr. Joy Madathumpedy, who had just returned from a five-week vacation in India, asked us if the apartment was still available. Father Joy is a Schoenstatt Father and currently serves as an associate priest in the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in Wiesbaden-West, the parish to which our Shrine belongs.

A meeting in the middle of the city

On his way to the center of Wiesbaden, he met a young nurse from India who had been desperately looking for an apartment for months. She was praying fervently to find an apartment so that her husband from India could join her in Germany. They have been married since September 2020, but she has been working at St. Josefs Hospital in Wiesbaden since October 2021. We immediately met the friendly young lady in the apartment – and immediately it was clear:

This is our tenant. Her name is Josepheena Joseph!

Taking care of our sick

Josepheena’s situation is not unique. We pray that the other young Indian women in Wiesbaden will also find a place to live so that their families can be together again. About 22 young Indian sisters came to Wiesbaden last year. More are waiting in India. They come because there is a shortage of nurses in our country.

Father Joy helps them to integrate in our country. He has taught them German in India with great success. He always has an open ear for the young women. They are interested in our Schoenstatt work and participate in events. They often celebrate Mass with Father Joy in their mother tongue. We can only continue to pray that they will find open doors and a home in Wiesbaden, also out of gratitude – because they come to care for our sick…

Sie pflegen unsere Kranken

They care for our sick ones

Source:, courtesy of the publisher


Original: German. Translation: Maria Fischer

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