Fr. Joe was born in Durango, Spain and grew up in Barcelona. After graduating from medical school, he worked as a general practitioner for a year and a half before moving to Rome in 1983 to finish his theological studies. Fr. Joe was ordained in May 1986 and finished his JD in 1989 in Rome. Shortly after that, Fr. Joe came to the U.S. and spent 12 years giving retreats and spiritual formation with Opus Dei for high school and college students in California. For the last 16 years Fr. Joe has been in Boston, doing the same kind of work in addition to being the chaplain of Montrose School for girls and serving as one of the spiritual directors at St. John Seminary in Boston.