“I am Patrick, a sinner, most uncultivated and least of all the faithful and despised in the eyes of many.” *
Since 2012 he has also hosted “Right Here, Right Now,” the #1 rated show on Catholic radio (according to Neilson/Arbitron and streaming ratings), produced by Immaculate Heart Radio and broadcast on the EWTN Radio’s network of approximately 270 AM & FM affiiliate stations across the U.S., as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 130), and globally via shortwave. From 2007-2012 Patrick hosted the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio’s “Open Line” broadcast.
Patrick also hosted several EWTN television series, including “Pope Fiction,” “Search & Rescue,” and “Where Is That In the Bible?” Patrick is a frequent guest and occasional guest-host on the “Catholic Answers Live” program.
Patrick is the president of the Envoy Institute which, from 1996-2011, published the quarterly Catholic journal, Envoy Magazine, and currently conducts the Catholic Apologetics Academy and Catholic Apologetics Summer Camp.
He has authored or edited 22 books on Catholic themes including, Why Be Catholic? Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and 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.
Over the past 27 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 New Catholic Encyclopedia.
He worked at Catholic Answers for eight years (January 1988 to January 1996), where he served as vice president and helped launch that apostolate’s flagship magazine, This Rock, in January of 1990. During his time at Catholic Answers, he co-authored the booklet Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth, tens of millions of copies of which have been printed (in English, Spanish, Arabic, German, French, 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. 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.
Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
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 also an adjunct professor of theology in the Holy Apostles College and Seminary‘s graduate theology program.
A member of the board of trustees of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, Patrick 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, Immaculate Heart Radio 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.
For the past 27 years, 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.
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 33 years and have been blessed with 11 children and 16 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).
* — St. Patrick of Ireland