Welcome to the St. Joseph Foundation

Welcome to our website, which was launched on September 17, 2012. There will be much, much more added in the coming weeks and months. You are welcome to visit often and watch our progress.


The Saint Joseph Foundation began in 1982 as a small group of lay Catholics in San Antonio under the name of Fidelity Forum of Texas. Its primary purpose was to conduct forums throughout the United States and Canada in an attempt to ameliorate the liturgical irregularities, doctrinal confusion and abusive governance that became commonplace following the Second Vatican Council. In 1983, a new Code of Canon Law came into force and we realized that the rights of the faithful it defined included the right to true teaching, worship according to the lawful norms and proper governance. Informing the faithful and assisting them to protect these rights soon became our primary purpose and Fidelity Forum became the Saint Joseph Foundation on November 1, 1984. Its first office was the founders’ laundry room.

Today, the Foundation leases a 1,500 square foot suite of offices in northwest San Antonio, which accommodates our fulltime staff of 4 and our extensive library. We also have a group of canon lawyers who serve on a contract basis to prepare canonical analyses and commentary. 

The Saint Joseph Foundation is a non-profit corporation and has been declared tax exempt under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is also a de facto private association of the faithful in accordance with c. 215 of the Code of Canon Law.  


Our original mission statement has remained the same since the Foundation was incorporated in 1984: “To Defend Catholic Truth and Uphold Catholic Rights.” We do this in 3 ways:

  1. We publish a newsletter, Christifidelis, to provide practical information about the teachings and laws of the Catholic Church. The newsletter is available in both printed and digital form.
  2. We answer individual questions related to canon law.
  3. Most of our time is spent assisting individuals and groups to resolve canonical issues.

The Foundation does not charge for these services. It lives on free will donations from good people who believe our work is worth supporting.


We hope that you will consider the following:

  1. Most important, pray for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the Saint Joseph Foundation.
  2. Visit the other pages on this site and learn more about the Foundation’s work
  3. If you like what you see, register to receive full access to the site, including current and past issues of Christifidelis. To add your name to the mailing list for printed version, just notify us by email at info@stjosephcanonlaw.com.
  4. Contribute to the financial needs of the Foundation. We exist only on voluntary contributions.