Joseph Langen
Most Recent Book Title
Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage
Book Description
We expect and hope for the best from our national and world leaders. What are we willing to contribute to the world's well-being through our own lives? How can we make the best of our own lives for our benefit and for that of our fellow voyagers? How do we handle the difficult situations which arise?

"Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage" provides quotes, reflections and Life Lab Lessons to help you understand your life in a spiritual context and offers practical suggestions for finding your way on the sea of life while improving cooperation with our fellow travelers. These reflections represent a practical approach to spirituality defined as "Awakening to the goodness and joy for which we are created."
Additional Book Titles
Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life
Young Man of the Cloth
The Pastor's Inferno
Conversations with My Muse
Location (city/state/country)
Le Roy/NY/US
Author bio
Born in Dunkirk, NY, he moved to Rochester, NY when his father returned from his navy duties in World War II. He considered being a priest, and spent nine years in the seminary and monastery. He was married for twenty nine years and raised three children. He is currently in a wonderful relationship and lives in Leroy, NY.

When he returned to the world at large after his monastery stay, he decided to explore psychology and switched from a philosophy major in the monastery to psychology and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He stayed in Buffalo to receive a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Then he moved to the University of Illinois for his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Along the way during his training, Gowanda Psychiatric Center and Chenute Air Force Base Counseling Center gave him practical experience.

Work Life

After graduating, he moved to Philadelphia, where he worked for two years at Temple University Counseling Center. Next he spent two years at De La Salle In Towne, an experimental day treatment center for delinquent boys. Then he came back to Western New York and worked at Genesee County Mental Health in Batavia. Being in a rural area with limited resources, he learned to work with a great variety of people of all ages. After eleven years, he decided to return to Rochester where he grew up and took a job at DePaul Mental Health where he learned about family therapy, ending up as supervisor of the children's treatment program. By 1990, he felt ready to be more on my own and became an independent contractor at a practice in the Buffalo area. Eventually he moved the rest of the way into private practice and returned to work in Batavia. He recently retired from psychology practice and now writes full time and enjoys an AmeriCorps placement at GO ART! in Batavia, NY.


He began writing short stories in the 1980's for his own amusement and even published one. In 1990, when he began private practice, he started writing a quarterly newsletter for his referral sources. Eventually he converted this to a biweekly newspaper column which he still writes for The Daily News in Batavia. These columns formed the basis for his first book, Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life.

In light of his seminary and monastery background, he took an interest in the priest-sexual abuse crisis and thought back to his cloistered years. Pondering these years led to his memoir, Young Man of the Cloth. When he realized that no one had told the priest abuse story from the priest's point of view, he decided to write what he had learned from his research and personal experience about abusive priests as a novel, The Pastor's Inferno.

Recently he published Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage, a book of reflections about life's joys and predicaments and what to do about them. He has also published Conversations with My Muse: A Year With Calliope.

He also continues to write a regular newspaper column for The Daily News in Batavia, NY which appears in his free newsletter to which he invites you to subscribe and his blog, Conversations with My Muse, an ongoing dialogue with her about the writing life.

He is currently working on a book about the many aspects of marriage.
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Let each become all he (or she) is capable of being.

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