Patrick is a life-long Catholic, not a convert. By God’s grace, he was raised in the Catholic Faith and has been a practicing Catholic his entire life. Growing up in Southern California, he attended grammar school at the Mission San Juan Capistrano parish school, where for several years he served as an altar boy for the parish’s daily Traditional Latin Mass in the famed Serra Chapel.
In 2012 he launched the daily “Right Here, Right Now” radio show, which he hosted till early 2015, heard on approximately 300 AM & FM stations across the U.S., as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio, and globally via shortwave. From 2007-2012 Patrick hosted EWTN’s Thursday edition of the “Open Line” broadcast.
He has authored or edited 25 books including, Why Be Catholic? (Random House), Life Lessons: 50 Things I Learned in My First 50 Years, How to do Apologetics, Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist, and the multi-volume Surprised by Truth series. His total book sales exceed a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions.
He has served as an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a research fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies. He is currently an adjunct professor of apologetics in Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s theology department.
Patrick has conducted countless teaching seminars on Catholic themes, in English and Spanish, at conferences, parishes, and universities across North America, as well as throughout Europe, and in Latin America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has been for many years a regular presenter at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s annual “Defending the Faith” Conference and has been the featured speaker at numerous Legatus events across the country. He is also a veteran of a dozen formal, public debates with Protestant ministers, Mormon leaders, and other non-Catholic spokesmen.
Patrick and his wife Nancy have been married for 36 years and have been blessed with 11 children and 21 grandchildren (so far). Their most important goal as a couple is to hear the Lord Jesus say to them and their children one day, “Well done, good and faithful servants; you have been faithful over a little . . . now enter into the joy of your Master” (Matt. 25:21).