Year Joined MKLM: 1995
Focus: Civil & Human Rights
Project(s): 1. Prison ministry; 2. Heavenly Justice
Project Goal(s): 1. Assist the incarcerated with legal services so they might obtain a more just experience; 2. Empower the disabled to reach their maximum development by working with children, youths and adults for inclusive education, equality and opportunity.
Joe was born and raised in rural Michigan. Before joining MKLM he was an Assistant Public Defender and worked in the City of Detroit handling the trial defense of women and men accused of felonies.
In 1995, Joe joined MKLM and was assigned to Cochabamba, Bolivia. He worked as a teacher and administrative assistant at a school for blind children and youths. Concurrently, he also worked at community legal aid clinics that delivered legal services in civil and criminal matters to indigent persons. He also assisted a parish with the catechism programs.
From 2005 to 2010, Joe served as director of the Mission Services Department of MKLM in Maryknoll, New York, overseeing the recruitment, admissions and training programs.
Joe is married and is the father of two children.
Joe works with the prison ministry using his legal skills. Joe has a special interest in restorative justice, working on a Bolivia-U.S. team to teach the incarcerated skills to avoid recidivism by learning to forgive themselves and others, letting go of resentment, hatred and the desire for vengeance while reaching out for reconciliation.
Joe also oversees a new ministry helping children and adults in two rural communities with visual and other disabilities so that they receive rehabilitation in their home communities, including educational support, teachings about their human rights, medical attention and workshops for their parents, local schools and government authorities so that inclusion, equality and opportunities can happen.
Joe resides with his spouse and two children in the Village of Tiquipaya, just outside of the City of Cochabamba.