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Catholic Author and Radio Personality to Speak at St. Miscellaneous Parish, November 14th
YOUR CITY (DATE) — Best-selling author and radio host Patrick Madrid will visit St. Miscellaneous Catholic Church in (CITY) on November 14th to present a seminar on the biblical and historical foundations of the Catholic Faith.
The seminar, entitled (“SEMINAR TOPIC”), is billed as “an informative presentation aimed at showing how the Bible, current events, and the facts of Christian history can answer common questions and challenges to the Catholic Church, its teachings, and practices.”
The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free.
“Apologetics” is a term in Catholic theology which refers to the process of explaining the Catholic Faith and answering questions and objections in a charitable and respectful way.
Catholics regard verses such as 1 Peter 3:15-16 and Jude 3 as biblical exhortations to engage in apologetics discussions with non-Catholics.
After an intermission for refreshments and a book signing by Mr. Madrid, who will have many of his books, DVDs, and CDs available, a lively question-and-answer session with extended audience participation will follow the presentation.
Apologetics has been present in the Catholic Church since the days of the New Testament. Some prominent Catholic apologists include St. Paul, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Francis de Sales, and John Henry Newman. The field of Catholic apologetics and evangelization has experienced a strong resurgence, especially among lay Catholics in the United States, in the last decade.
Patrick Madrid has authored or edited 23 books on Catholic themes including, Why Be Catholic? (Doubleday), Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That?, The Godless Delusion, and the multi-volume Surprised by Truth series.
Mr. Madrid earned a B.S. in business management, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 34 years and have eleven children and 17 grandchildren.
In addition to his work as an author, Madrid also hosts the popular morning-drive “Patrick Madrid” show on the Relevant Radio Network (www.relevantradio.com/patrick), heard Monday through Friday from 6-9 am Pacific.
At the invitation of numerous bishops and priests, he has conducted hundreds of apologetics and evangelization conferences in English and Spanish at parishes, seminaries, and universities across the U.S., as well as throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He is a regular presenter at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s “Defending the Faith” summer conferences, where he has served as an adjunct professor of theology. He is also am adjunct professor in the graduate theology program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT.
Cardinal Edward Egan, the former Archbishop of New York, commented on Mr. Madrid’s unique and effective approach to Catholic apologetics and evangelization 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.”
For more information on the (DATE GOES HERE) seminar at (PARISH NAME GOES HERE), please call 1-111-1111 or visit Madrid’s website at http://www.patrickmadrid.com.