PATRICK MADRID (http://patrickmadrid.com) is the publisher of Envoy Magazine, a quarterly journal of Catholic thought, and is the director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College. He is the author or editor of 16 books on Catholic themes including, Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism (co-authored with Kenneth Hensley). He edited and co-authored the multi-volume Surprised by Truth series. As of 2011, Patrick's total book sales, including foreign-language editions, have exceeded 760,000 copies. He has two forthcoming books scheduled for release in the fall of 2012; one on apologetics (Our Sunday Visitor) and one on the Catholic Faith (Doubleday-Image).
Over the past 24 years, Patrick has published numerous popular articles on Scripture, Church history, patristics, apologetics, and evangelization in various Catholic and Protestant periodicals, and he has contributed scholarly articles on apologetics in the Catholic Answers for eight years (1988 to 1996), where he served as vice president and helped launch that apostolate's flagship magazine, This Rock, in January of 1990. During his tenure at Catholic Answers, he co-authored the booklet Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth, millions of copies of which have been printed (in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and other languages) and distributed around the world.
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.
Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix (San Diego Campus), as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. The theme of his master's thesis was:"Yves Congar's Concept of the Material Sufficiency of Scripture and the Role of Tradition as an Ecumenical Solution to the Problem of Sola Scriptura." He is currently enrolled in the licentiate of sacred theology (S.T.L.) program at the University of Dayton's International Marian Research Institute(affiliated with the Pontifical Theology Faculty Marianum in Rome), where he plans to obtain a doctorate in sacred theology (S.T.D.).
Patrick hosted the EWTN television series: "Pope Fiction," Search & Rescue,"and "Where Is That In the Bible?"He also hosts the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio's "Open Line" broadcast, heard coast-to-coast on over 160 AM & FM stations across the United States, as well as on shortwave and on Sirius Satellite Radio (Thursdays from 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. ET). He is a regular guest and occasional fill-in host on the "Catholic Answers Live"radio program and on Sirius Satellite Radio's channel 130.
A member of the board of trustees of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, Patrick is also a research fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies. He is an emeritus member of the board of directors of St. Gabriel Catholic Radio, in Columbus, Ohio, and on the board of advisors for Catholics United for the Faith, The Coming Home Network, Catholic Scripture Study International, and Real Men Pray the Rosary. He authored all the original website content for CatholicsComeHome.org, where he also serves as a theological advisor. He was a founding board member of the Catholic Marketing Network.
Patrick has conducted over a thousand 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 is a regular presenter at Franciscan University of Steubenvilleâ€™s annual"Defending the Faith"and The Coming Home Network's "Deep in History" summer conferences and has been the featured speaker at over two dozen 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.
Cardinal Edward Egan, the Archbishop Emeritus of New York, commented publicly on the effectiveness of Patrick's approach to apologetics saying, "How do you bring a friend or relative back into the Church? First, you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid's advice in [his book] Search and Rescue."
Patrick and his wife Nancy have been married for 30 years and have been blessed with 11 children and 12 grandchildren. 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).