Getting Started in Apologetics

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 - 7pm ET

Patrick Madrid is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited 18 books on Catholic themes, including Search and Rescue, Answer Me This, and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series, as well as three forthcoming titles: Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist (Servant Books), A Year With the Bible (Saint Benedict Press), and Why Be Catholic? (Random House). 

Since 1996, Patrick has published Envoy Magazine, and he serves as the director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively.

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.”

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 thousands of seminars on Catholic themes, in English and Spanish, at parishes, universities, and conferences across the U.S. and around the world.

Patrick is the host of the Right Here, Right Now,  radio show (produced by the Immaculate Heart Radio Network) heard Monday through Friday (4:00 – 5:00 pm ET) on EWTN radio. He is a regular guest on the Catholic Answers Live. From 2007-2012, he hosted the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio’s Open Line. He has also hosted several EWTN television series, including “Pope Fiction,” “Search & Rescue,” and “Where Is That In the Bible?”

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.

Married for 31 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. His website is

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