Publication of Joe La Mar’s Autobiography

By: Maryknoll News
On: June 12, 2023

Joe La Mar has published his autobiography, A Conversation With a Friend: Concerning Justice, Peace and Joy, available on Amazon.

Read of the journey of an infant as he matures through his birth, foster family living, normal schooling and entrance into the Air Force at eighteen. Follow through in his military activities during 20 years of wartime service involved in numerous wartime/peacetime actions as a pilot, to his retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at age 39. After retirement, he entered into a Theology program receiving a Master of Divinity degree leading to Ordination. Ordained at age 49 as a Maryknoll priest, he was assigned to work in the jungles of Guatemala. After some nine years of mission in Guatemala and the murder of one of his workers, he returned to the States. Assigned to his organization’s Treasury Department with a further assignment to represent his organization in a national organization named the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Its purpose was to challenge Corporations to adjust their outreach among the various entities they hire/serve in a more ethically manner both in the treatment of people and creation. Through this writing, he raises issues of injustices familiar to all of us and proposes solutions that we as a people might share for the betterment of all society.


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L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

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L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

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