About Mike


hs_patin01_colorMike 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.

Since 1990, 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 conferences, rallies, retreats, parish missions, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs. 

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

Mike holds a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans. He also has received a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Pastoral Life and Administration from Loyola University.

Mike has received training as a facilitator for Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans. He has been a trainer for the Center for Ministry Development’s YouthLeader program.

Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry as well as the leadership team of the National Center for Catholic Youth Sports.

He was a consultant/assistant coach to Loyola University (New Orleans) women’s basketball team from 2003-2005. Mike is a member of NACYML (National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders).

Mike has (self-) 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. springfamily2014

Mike lives in Lafayette, LA, with his wife, Marlene, and his daughter, Megan.