Here's the backstory from one of Joe's emails:
Hi Father Rob and Mother Lyn.
I have worked the last two Sundays and was unable to attend mass.
Hope all is well with you both. Last Sunday, I
got the opportunity to be part of a forum concerning the homeless issue
in LA at St. James Episcopal Church. Bishop Catherine Roskam heard
me speak at a town hall meeting and invited me to be a speaker. The
Episcopal church is stepping up and trying to be a part of the solution
to the complex homeless crisis. I was honored to be part of the forum.
Yesterday the Southern Islamic Center had an
open house. I got to spend some time with a refuge family from
Afghanistan. I noticed the teenage boy could not stand up to greet us. I
learned he was struck by a bullet two years ago. I talked to the boy
and his family and learned about the family's strength and courage to
find safety and refuge in the United States. I was very touched by their
We do live in the greatest country in the world.
I am also being reassigned to the south part of
my division that has many race and cultural differences. I am following
God's path and will be taking on a very difficult area. Patience,
listening to everyone, and the will to make change will be very
important for me to bring this torn community together. My command staff
believes this job has my name all over it.
I am so blessed to be given this path in
life. Spreading Kindness, Respect, Love and solving problems in a
community that craves it will be a true challenge but I am up for
it. I will follow my Heart on this assignment and do my best to
make this very diverse community a safe place to live and create a trust
between law enforcement and community.
By the way, the running is coming along. 5
weeks away. This run has taken a new meaning for me. Our law enforcement
agencies need encouragement to continue doing a job that not many
people would do. I am sending you some photos of the Afghanistan
Refuge Family and a recent news clip.
Thank you both for giving me my faith in God
back! You are both very special people that have impacted my life.