We became friends with him when he was doing some of his studies for the Priesthood at St. Albert's House of Studies in Oakland, CA. During the time of his studies he came to visit us and even assisted our chaplain at the Vigil services on Holy Saturday, singing the beautiful "Exsultet" which praises the Lord for the long preparation for the Incarnation. And so after his Ordination, when he was give a time of vacation, he visited us, said Mass for us, gave us his First Priestly Blessing, and we had a delightful visit in the parlor.
Father Joesph's companion on this visit was Father Ambrose Sigman, OP who was in his class at the House of Studies. Fr. Ambrose is now serving at the parish of St. Raymond in Menlo Park. After his vacation, Fr. Joseph will serve at the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Houston, Texas.