Patrick Madrid is a life-long Catholic. He is the founder and president of the Envoy Institute, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics of all ages how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively. From 1996-2011, he published the award-winning Envoy Magazine.
Commenting publicly on the effectiveness of Patrick’s approach to doing apologetics, Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, said, “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 has authored or edited 18 books on Catholic themes, including Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series, and Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist. In 2014, he will release three new titles: Why Be Catholic? (Random House), How to Do Apologetics (Our Sunday Visitor), and The Heart of an Apostle (Servant).
Prior to launching the Envoy apostolate, Patrick worked at Catholic Answers for eight years (1988 to 1996), where he served as vice president. A veteran of a dozen formal, public debates with Protestant ministers, Mormon leaders, and other non-Catholic spokesmen, Patrick has presented countless seminars on Catholic themes, in English and Spanish, at parishes, universities, and conferences across the U.S. and around the world.
Over the past 25 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.
Patrick hosts the popular “Right Here, Right Now” radio broadcast, heard Monday through Friday at 4:00 pm ET on approximately 225 AM & FM stations across the country, as well as on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (channel 130), and globally via shortwave. He is also a frequent guest on the “Catholic Answers Live” radio program.
Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business at the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, OH).
He is an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and, starting in the fall of 2013, will teach graduate theology in the distance learning program at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Married for 32 years, Patrick and his wife Nancy have been blessed by the Lord with 11 children and 12 grandchildren (so far). They reside in the Diocese of Columbus.