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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

They like me, they really like me


Catholic Answers has hired me to replace the venerable Jerry Usher as the full-time host of Catholic Answers Live. Obviously, a great opportunity and an even greater grace in my life. My official start date is February 16 in San Diego. I first must fly to El Paso, TX, (probably on February 11) to switch TN visa categories. Always a nerve-wracking endeavor....

When I get the date of that El Paso interview, I'll post it and request your prayers.

They, like, seemed to, you know, like my, uh, communication abilities and stuff.


Anonymous Sharon said...

Congratulations Patrick. I thought you did very well in your stint as presenter. I am sorry to see Jerry go but he has told us that he will be back occasionally.

6:53 PM

Blogger Clayton said...

Congratulations! This is great news.

Please wish Jerry the best also. We were at Steubenville together, and then reconnected when we were both in seminary doing chaplaincy training in 1995. But I've lost since touch with him.

9:33 PM

Blogger jammer said...

That is so great! I just listened to a podcast of you and Jimmy Akin from (I guess) a few weeks ago, and you are hilarious!

10:45 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

I'll say hello to El Ushbo for you. He's a great guy, with big ol' shoes for some of us to fill!

I take it you're back in MN now. Sounds like a good, nay a great space for you to be in right now. Timing is 99% of the game, ain't it?

9:43 AM

Blogger Theocoid said...

Congratulations, Patrick. I look forward to hearing you.

9:43 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks, Sharon. Hope you become a caller to the show. I'll miss Jerry's counsel and support, but we've threatened him in various ways so he won't go too far!

9:45 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Hey Jammer! Well, I'm glad you appreciate my Unbelievably Quick Action Wit [tm]. lol. I'm glad you catch us on podcast. Maybe you can call in during a live broadcast.

Theocoid: What a funny handle! I'm sure there's a story behind it. Tell a friend about the show about Catholic Answers.

9:48 AM

Blogger Willj1365 said...

Congrats Patrick! I heard you recently on CAL and I really enjoyed the show. Jerry is a great host and as everyone has said we will miss him as a full time host. I think CA did a great job in hiring you to step into an important role. Best of luck to you -

11:53 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Hey there, Willj...thank you much -- and nice blog you got there!

2:17 PM

Blogger Willj1365 said...

That's actually a good friend's blog that I follow, he did all the work, I take no credit!

7:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Patrick. Like the others, I'll be sorry to see Jerry go, but I've enjoyed your stints on Catholic Answers.

And now a curious question:
I've been curious if you are one of the Coffins descended from Tristram Coffin who arrived in Mass. from England in the 1640s and whose ancestors (descendants of TC) moved to Canada after the unpleasantness of 1775-1783? I'm curious, because my mother is descended from some who stayed on this side; Coffin isn't a particularly common name, and I've not been aware of any Catholic Coffins heretofore since some of them were "famous recusants" in the late 16th century.

9:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that was me.


9:12 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Anon (Hans?): There is a possibility of the Tristram Coffin connection. My great grandfather was adopted, it is believed, and it's unclear whether the Coffin name was the name of the new adoptive family or what. My uncle has done research on it, and I'd love to know more. There are also Coffins in the Gaspe, PEI and Nfld. I believe most are papist as well.

9:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Congratulations, Patrick!

Patrick P

10:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's interesting, Patrick. There's a book about some of the Canadian Coffins descended from Tristram by a Ross Coffin titled 'My Father's Shoes — Our Coffin Story', if that's of any help. And if you're ever in Québec City, the first city hall (Hôtel de Ville) was built by a Thomas Aston Coffin as his home in 1795. (I have a picture of the plaque.)

Anyway, as I said, I've enjoyed your work so far, though I'm not up to the point on the podcast feed where you take over so far. (Yes, I'm behind.) CA isn't on the radio that I know about here in the Chicago area.


2:50 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Hey PDP -- if you read this before Monday AM, say a prayer that my Visa switch goes okay at the San Ysidro/Tijuana border. Amen!

BTW, Joe (Encino Joe) is a regular guest on the show. Small world, eh.

Hans -- are you a Coffin? I'm going to check out that book.

10:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That depends on how you count, Patrick. My last name isn't Coffin, but according to a cousin I have four of Tristram Coffin's children in my family tree. Another book that might be useful is 'The Coffin Family', by Louis Coffin, ed. (from what I find online, it's published 1962, Nantucket Historical Assoc., publisher, though I think it's out of print; the one I saw for sale was pricey).

Anyway, my primary purpose was to welcome you aboard as a listener to CA. I look forward to your long tenure there.


6:38 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Well, thanks for that and I welcome any feedback, pos or neg about the show. We want to keep on improving and refining it. And by all means, call in!

My wife has a cousin Hans. That's who I thought you were at first. Hans Cavenago from Lima now living in LA. Different Hans!

9:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, that's a different Hans. My mother's family (with the Coffin side) arrived in the Midwest ca. 1815, and I'm still here (though in the neighboring state).

10:48 PM


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