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“Why Be Catholic?” – Talk by Patrick Madrid

March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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March 23rd, 2018 at 7pm
Family Learning Center

Catholic Author and Radio Personality to Speak at Our Lady of Peace Church and Shrine, March 23, 2018

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA (03/01/2018) — Best-selling author and radio host Patrick Madrid will visit Our Lady of Peace Church and Shrine (SANTA CLARA, CA) on March 23 to present a seminar on the biblical and historical foundations of the Catholic Faith.
The seminar, entitled “WHY BE CATHOLIC? (When You Could Be Anything Else?)”, is billed as “a charitable and respectful examination of a dozen key biblical and historical reasons for being Catholic, [ e.g.] Why Catholics leave the Church, why they return, what lay Catholics can do to help people better understand the teachings of the Catholic Church from a biblical and historical standpoint..”

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 an 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.”


March 23
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Our Lady of Peace Church


Family Learning Center
2800 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, 95054
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