Joseph E. Guion enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and retired as a commander in 1973. He served as the commanding officer of four Navy ships and an overseas shore command. He holds a BA in economics from Kings College, and a master�s degree in management from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School. He taught at Tidewater Community College for nine years and resigned as an associate professor of business to concentrate on serving the Catholic Church. He also served as an adjunct lecturer for Golden Gate University.
His book, Love Songs on the Journey, ISBN 0-9724165-0-1, consists of poems and reflections on love during one�s life journey to and with God. The core of it stems from 50 years of married love with his late wife, Madge and their family. The market is for people who love, have loved, or will love.
His extensive experience in church leadership positions at the diocesan and parish level has broadened his understanding of life�s journey. Guion has facilitated spiritual retreats and workshops for parish leadership groups since 1982, with emphasis on the need to love one another as a focus for service. He is currently chairperson of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, one of the two main consultative groups serving the bishop in the Diocese of Richmond. In 2002, he received the Papal Benemerenti medal for service to the Catholic Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Guion started a Children�s Liturgy of the Word program at Saint Gregory�s parish in Virginia Beach. Guion designed a program that provides lesson plans for teachers, original songs, weekly handouts with home activity, original puppet scripts to enhance interest, and a banner that proclaims the week�s gospel in text and pictures. The final banner panels depict children acting out the Gospel message. Several parishes have used this program with great success.
Guion is seeking an agent or publisher for a recently completed novel, The Savior.
Guion is an active member at Saint Bede�s Catholic Church in Williamsburg. He serves on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club and is a member of the Virginia Poets Society and the Emerson Society in Williamsburg.