A Gang of Seven

 Pointing the Way


 Two Movements

 Three Sacraments

 Facets of Vital Engagement

 Vital Engagement:
            Life Blood of Trust

 Steps Towards Trust

 Missed Steps

 Unseen Options  

 Justice in Relationships


Austin J. Joyce, DMin, MFT

Biography               Touchstones             Defining Moments              Publications

I was born into a military family. My father served in the Navy as a corpsman beginning in WW II and ending active duty during the Viet Nam War. I spent the early part of my childhood living on various military bases in Honolulu, HI (my birthplace); Guantanamo, Cuba; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, PA. From age 6 on, we resided in Philadelphia, a city and culture where the complexities of military and civilian life continually intersected and had a formative impact on what would become for me a quest for fairness, trustworthiness and self disclosure. Knowing and being known became the “drivers” in my relational quest.

My post high school educational journey began with earning a B.S. in business from St. Joseph’s College (My father had said to me, “If you’re going to go to college, get a business degree, you’ll always be able to get a job.”). After a mystical encounter, I obtained an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (I thought, ”Maybe they will have answers to my ‘divine madness’.”); and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) with a focus on family therapy from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (“ Now I can fix my family.”) . Then I obtained certification as a Chaplain (“If I can’t fix my family maybe I can fix someone else.”) and credentials as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Recently I was certified as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and now combine private practice in family therapy, work as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and chaplaincy at a VA hospital.