About Father Pat

Fr. Pat Brennan, director, served for more than a decade as Director of the Office of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Pat continued the emphasis on evangelization as pastor of Holy Family Catholic Community, Inverness, IL, creating a convergence model of ministry with eight divisions and 140 individual ministries all focused on evangelization. He has consulted on parish renewal strategies throughout the United States, as well as with dioceses in Canada, Ireland, Germany, Great Britain and Australia.

brennanThe Center’s strategies have been developed through Fr. Pat’s extensive academic research and laboratory experiences in parishes. He is on the faculty of the Loyola Institute of Pastoral Studies, Chicago, Dominican University and several other academic institutions. Fr. Pat has authored more than 15 books, articles and audio series, including The Mission Driven Parish and Re-Imaging the Parish. He also produces Horizons, a weekly radio and cable TV program.

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Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday A reflection on the readings for April 21, 2011               What was in the mind of Jesus the night before he died?  What was in the mind of Jesus when he gathered with his apostles for that first Holy Thursday meal?  Those are questions that were asked some years ago by a [...]

Homily for March 6, 2011

Built on Rock?              In 1992, my mother and I bought a townhouse in a southwest suburb of Chicago. There were about 50 homes in the development that we moved into. The homes were built next to a wetland that was transformed into a beautiful park. During our first year there something happened to a [...]

Homily for February 13, 2011

Tough Decisions          Anthony Ruff, O.S.B. is a Benedictine monk and a professor of liturgy.  He recently sent an open letter to the United States Catholic Bishops on some forthcoming liturgical changes to be implemented next Advent within the United States.  Ruff wrote:  “Your Eminences, Your Excellencies: With a heavy heart, I have recently made [...]

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