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Memoir of Life Stories

Reverend Monsignor Joseph Carroll, affectionately known as “Father Joe” to most people, passed away on July 10, 2021. For the last two years of his life, Father Joe joyfully worked with writer Kathryn Cloward to craft his memoir. He was thrilled to celebrate his 80th birthday on April 12, 2021, with the release of his life stories he proudly endorsed.

While he is known in San Diego and beyond for his incredible work with neighbors in need experiencing homelessness, there’s much more to learn about who Father Joe was as a man and this book shares that. If you desire to know more about Father Joe’s caring heart and entrepreneurial mindset, Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest is the only published book about his life he authorized.

Days prior to his passing, the Audible audiobook released and Father Joe was happy to hear it. His eyesight wasn’t up to narrating the book in the recording studio, but he was able to record portions of it; he voices each story title and shares a tidbit about each.

Father Joe’s Goodness Shared with Children

Father Joe was delighted to be an illustrated character in Kathryn’s mindful children’s media series. Inspired by what he shared during over 100 hours of recorded sessions, Kathryn simplified a lifetime of wisdom to create Father Joe’s Six Golden Seeds as an illustrated children's book, song and videos. Now, people of all ages can have access to Father Joe’s life story and life lessons.

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Father Joe Sharing His Memoir

Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest

Terrific Book!!!

Terrific book!!!! It feels like you are sitting right there with For Joe as he shares story after story. I was enjoying it so much I hated for it to end! A must read for all San Diegans!

Sue92105 (Amazon Review)

A Great Read! Really Engaging.

"I purchased this book because I was moved to help others from a very brief encounter with Father Joe at my school graduation. I was surprised by how engaging the book is...I can't put it down. It is so interesting and well written that you feel you are sitting right next to Father Joe as he spellbinds you with his stories."

Dr. Kevin Gold

Very Inspirational

"This book feels like Father Joe is talking to you over a cup of coffee. His stories come alive as you read through the pages. There is so much history, inspiration and several unbelievable stories all packed into one book."

Denise Yousif
Father Joe Life Stories of a Hustler Priest - Father Joe Carroll's Memoir written by Kathryn Cloward

Father Joe Books

Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest is available for purchase here with Father Joe's signature.

Father Joe Books

Father Joe on Amazon

Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest is available in digital format for all devices through Amazon. The link below connects you directly to Father Joe on Amazon for both the Kindle digital book and paperback print book.

Father Joe on Amazon

Father Joe Audible

Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest is now available as an audio book on Audible. What makes this version so special is that Father Joe is heard sharing the story titles and a brief introduction for each.

Father Joe Audible

"I am a hustler." - Father Joe, 1984 commercial

Press: Father Joe Book Release

Golden Seeds of Goodness

Father Joe was delighted to be a children's book illustrated character in the award-winning Kathryn the Grape series. The goodness shared in this special edition book is also shared in a song and music videos.

Father Joe's Six Golden Seeds

Inspired by Father Joe's example, this unifying story provides youth readers with six golden seeds of goodness for life. Through vibrant illustrations and rhythmic storytelling, you'll learn about being compassionate, forgiving, respectful, helpful, and empowering while experiencing God in everyone and everything. This story also shares about how Kathryn the Grape's signature purple outfit was purchased from the original Father Joe's Villages Thrift Store (St. Vincent de Paul) back in 1984 when author Kathryn Cloward's mom worked for Father Joe as his first secretary.

Father Joe's Six Golden Seeds

Six Golden Seeds Song

Six Golden Seeds is a vibrant Kathryn the Grape® song that shares seeds of goodness with children. Accompanying Father Joe's Six Golden Seeds illustrated book, this song provides life lesson wisdom about being compassionate, forgiving, respectful, helpful, and empowering while experiencing God in everyone and everything. The song is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube.

Six Golden Seeds on YouTube