The Joshua Casteel House Dedication

Here are just a few pictures from the dedication of the Joshua Casteel House in Alliance, Ohio.   (1) A picture of the house 2. From the mass   3. A picture of the plaque   4. Pictures of us and the men and women of the Alliance Catholic Worker

Reflections and Updates

It’s very hard to believe that it has been almost two months since Rebekah, Naomi, and I attended the dedication of the Joshua Casteel House in Alliance, Ohio and then myself the IVAW fundraiser in Chicago for the Joshua Casteel Foundation. I intended on writing this reflection of just what wonderful events they both were […]

Need for Graphic/Web Designer

Although still in the beginning stages of starting The Joshua Casteel Foundation, we know we need to hire a graphic/web designer to help us with (1) branding and logo, and (2) building the website for the foundation. If you or someone you know is interested in discussing this potential work, please contact Rebekah Latchis at […]

New Location for this Weekend’s EMPACT Series Benefit

EMPACT Series Benefit (Everyone’s Music Politics Art and Community Throwdown!) A Memorial Day Weekend benefit for the Joshua Casteel Foundation Saturday, May 25th, 8pm @ Multi-Kulti, 1000 N. Milwaukee, 4th floor ::::: Featuring: Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble Four Star Brass Band New Orleans style brass band ALSO ::: TIM ZAWADA spinning […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Because Josh would have been the first to say it, we have the most wonderful Mom!  It is our mom that is now picking up Josh’s legacy of peace and leading us. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! As it is, we remember all Mothers this weekend who choose to take that radical stand against injustice and […]

Memorial Day Benefit: IVAW Chicago

EMPACT Series Benefit (Everyone’s Music Politics Art and Community Throwdown!) A Memorial Day Weekend benefit for the Joshua Casteel Foundation Saturday, May 25th, 8pm @ The Ribcage, 3036 N. Lincoln Avenue, 3rd Floor ::::: Featuring: Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble Four Star Brass Band New Orleans style brass band featuring Veterans Art! […]


Hi all – I just found out that in order to get the plaque created in time for the ceremony on the 18th that I will need to get the names, etc. to the printer by tomorrow. If any of you have sent donations or are planning to send a donation could you please email […]

The Joshua Casteel House: There is Still Time!

Since the time is upon us to begin work on the plaque for the Joshua Casteel House which will include the names of those of you who have donated for it’s new beginning and given so much to Joshua and our family, I wanted to write a reminder to those who want to be a […]

Burn Pits – Important Testimony

A number of articles have been written recently about the testimony of Dr. Stephen Coughlin, a former senior Epidemiologist at the VA. According to Coughlin, the VA has a history of purposefully skewing data and manipulating study results. Importantly, there is data to suggest a linkage between environmental toxins (i.e. burn pits) and illnesses suffered […]

New Beginnings

Reposted from CaringBridge: I feel a great deal of ambivalence as I write for the last time on CaringBridge because it was the place where so much love connected us all to you and you to us as a family. And of course it was a time when Joshua was still with us. So there’s […]

Divinity School Memorial Service

You are cordially invited to gather at the University of Chicago Divinity School, to mourn the loss and celebrate the memory of: Joshua Eric Casteel 1979-2012 Friday, November 9th Memorial Service at 5:00 pm Swift Hall, University of Chicago 1025 E 85th St, Chicago, IL 60637 Third Floor A reception with Joshua’s friends, family, and […]

St. Marcellus Award

I thought I would post the invitation to the St. Marcellus Award recognition event and the mass and dinner held in Joshua’s and my honor coming up soon at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. if there are any of you who would like to attend. I know timing may be an issue for many […]

Joshua’s Eulogy

Joshua Eric Casteel All Saints Catholic Church 8 September 2012 –This is the culmination of Joshua Casteel’s earthly journey, right now as we have gathered for his Funeral Mass. It is here that we all are plunged into the mystery of our Savior’s death and resurrection as we mourn the death of a man so […]

Finding Peace

Hello Everyone, I know it is late and although I’ve been battling headaches again and I should be sleeping, I just felt unsettled enough that I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep anyways so decided to update those of you who may still check out this site about a few inspiring things that have […]

Memorial Service Details

Friday September, 7, 2012: Wake and Visitation: Cedar Memorial Funeral Home Chapel (near the flower shop), 4200 First Ave, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 4:00 – 7:00 pm (Wake 4 – 4:30) Saturday September 8, 2012: Memorial Service: All Saints Catholic Church, 720 29th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 10:00 a.m. Luncheon and celebration […]

No More Pain

Yesterday Joshua went home to meet his Heavenly father and to embrace again his earthly father. We miss him with all of our hearts and every ounce of our beings. We cling to the promise that we will see him again. His body is healed and for that we rejoice. When we finalize plans for […]

Bedside Photo

Still smiling through it all! We love you, Joshua and the Casteel family. - Chad

Prayers for Joshua

[Reposted from CaringBridge] I’m writing this with a very heavy heart as this may be our final plea for prayer for God’s healing for Joshua.  As you know he was in the hospital for 10 days with Pancreatitis and came home still filled with the 22lbs. of fluid they pumped into him.  He was not […]

Brief Update

I wanted to post a short update to this long-dormant site, for those of you who might not be following on CaringBridge or Facebook. Joshua has checked back into the ER in New York. His condition has taken a step back in the last few days. I know that he and his family would cherish […]

Chemo and Radiation

Hi – this will be a quick update but I did want to let you know that Joshua started a chemotherapy regimen on Friday and today he begins another 14 day course of radiation on two spots on his spine. We are praying that the radiation provides some pain relief. For the last 8 weeks […]