Book of Saints – Saint Joachim

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Joachim, church of Saint-Alexis de Griesheim-près-Molsheim, Alsace, Bas-Rhin, France; by Ott Frères, 1914; photographed on 21 September 2016 by Ralph Hammann; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

July 26

Joachim, husband of Saint Anne and father of the Blessed Virgin Mary, belonged to the tribe of Judah and the House of David. He and his wife came from Galilee. They lived in Nazareth and there the Blessed Mother lived.

Joachim was very sad because he and his wife did not have children. But God answered their prayers when the Virgin Mary was born. This was Joachim’s greatest honor. He is the father of Mary, the Mother of God, and the grandfather of Jesus.

Joachim and Anne offered their little daughter to God in the Temple. As a young girl she spent some time in the Temple working along with other girls. But she learned to understand the Holy Scriptures from her holy parents.

Mary loved her mother and father. In this she is a beautiful example for children.

Saint Joachim is honored as a patron of fathers.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Joachim”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>