About & Services

headshot1aMike Patin uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God's goodness and presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the "next step" in our journey with God.

Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.”

Throughout his ministry, Mike has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs.

He has been a featured speaker numerous times at the following national events:

  • National Catholic Educational Association Convention
  • Los Angeles Religious Education Congress/Youth Day
  • National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry
  • National Catholic Youth Conference
  • Notre Dame Vision

Mike has published two books: A Standing Invitation, and This Was Not in the Brochure: Lessons from Work, Life and Ministry.

In 2006, he received the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award.

Mike lives in Lafayette, LA.

Education and other experience of interest:

  • Masters degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University (New Orleans)
  • Training Facilitator, Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 
  • Consultant/Assistant Coach to Loyola University (New Orleans) Women’s Basketball Team (2003-2005)