Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest
Is there such a thing as a hustler priest? Yes! Father Joe Carroll earned that label early in his career and it stuck. Always a wheeler and dealer, starting from his childhood in the Bronx, his ability to get things done served him well in developing what's now called Father Joe's Villages in San Diego, California.
Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest is a memoir of stories from Father Joe’s interesting life shared in his voice is heart-warming and heart-wrenching, while also head-shaking and hilarious. From his antics as a youth and a seminarian to breaking new ground and crossing the lines when necessary to get things done to support neighbors in need experiencing homelessness, you’ll come to understand that “hustler” suited Father Joe well. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
A portion of proceeds will support children in need.
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!
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."
"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."
For Your Consideration
Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest has been submitted for consideration in Best Spoken Word Album.
In the early 1980s, Father Joe Carroll was tasked to build a homeless shelter on a vacant block in downtown San Diego, California. His entrepreneurial mindset and tireless work ethic resulted in the construction of the world’s first newly constructed village-style housing complex for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This memoir tells his stories as he wanted them to be shared.
Father Joe on Amazon
Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest is available in paperback at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and most major book retailers. The book is also available in digital ebook format on Amazon's Kindle and in audio book format on Audible via Amazon, too. The link below connects you directly to Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest on Amazon for all formats.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.
"I am a hustler." - Father Joe, 1984 commercial
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.