History of the construction of the church
The Saint-Joseph church, pearl of the historical heritage of Brussels, was built in the Leopold district following the extension of the city and thanks to the political will of King Leopold I (1790-1865). It was dedicated to Saint Joseph, patron saint of Belgium for more than 335 years. Indeed, at the request of King Charles II of Spain, on April 19, 1679, in the bull Examina pietas, Pope Innocent XI officially proclaimed Saint Joseph patron and protector of Belgium, at the time "United Belgian Provinces", therefore more than 150 before the independence of the country in 1830.
The Golden Years of the Redemptorist Convent
The Redemptorist Fathers are an apostolic congregation, and in 75 years they have preached over 1,900 retreats and missions. One of the first was that which was to prepare royal princes for first communion and confirmation. Indeed, between 1901 and 1909, the palace of the Marquis of Assche (current Council of State) was the residence of members of the royal family, Prince Albert (1875-1934) and Princess Elisabeth (1876-1965), future rulers. The future King Leopold III (1901-1983) and the Regent Charles (1903-1983) were born there.