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General Information

Name:  Patrick T. Reardon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: essays fiction Non-fiction poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: November 22, 1949

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Illinois Connection

The author is a lifelong Chicago resident.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patrick T. Reardon, the author of eight books, has also published essays, articles and poetry at a wide range of publications in the United States and Europe. He had a 32-year career with the Chicago Tribune. He was the newspaper’s urban affairs writer and a feature writer. He was one of some 50 reporters, photographers and other staff members who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He has been a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago, a member of the advisory board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, an advisory body to two Catholic Cardinals of Chicago, Francis George and Blasé Cupich.Along with the books he has written, Reardon has also edited ''Edith Wharton, Illuminated by the Message'' in 2016.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Daily Meditations (With Scripture) for Busy Dads (Daily Meditations (With Scripture) Series)
ISBN: 0879461284

ACTA Publications. 2008

Dads of all ages will appreciate the timely, uplifting thoughts that focus on the challenges they face at home and on the job.

Love Never Fails: Spiritual Reflections for Dads of All Ages
ISBN: 0879463090

ACTA Publications. 2006

No one ever said fatherhood would be easy, but sometimes the rollercoaster ride of parenting can be a bit overwhelming. Whether it's misinterpreting a child's family portrait, enjoying a homemade Sunday morning breakfast, arguing with a moody teenager, or simply watching the kids skipping through the rain, fatherhood is full of ups and downs. In his new book Love Never Fails, Patrick T. Reardon, author of the popular Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Dads and Starting Out, offers a collection of reflections based on the daily occurrences of fatherhood. He celebrates the joys of parenting while acknowledging the sometimes exhausting antics of kids, and in the end shows how a father's love truly never fails. The reflections in Love Never Fails are accompanied by an inspirational quote from Scripture, music or literature, and a link to a website with practical advice on the issues discussed in the reflection. It's a wonderful gift for fathers of all ages and experience levels.

Starting Out: Reflections for Young People (Reflections for the Family)
ISBN: 0879462124

ACTA Publications. 2003

Over 100 single-page reflections, each followed by a short quotation, on issues facing today's young people. Topics considered in individual meditations include ambition, gratitude, community, faith, failure, prayer, perfection, doubt, understanding others, getting a job, romance, being alone and compromise.

Catholic & Starting Out: 5 Challenges and 5 Opportunities
ISBN: 087946528X

ACTA Publications. 2014

A perfect gift for any young adults starting a new phase of their life.

Five Challenges

The world can be frightening.
You must take risks.
You have to handle being alone.
There is a jaggedness to life.
You are in a hurry to make your mark.

Five Opportunities

The world can be exciting.
You can take a leap of faith.
You can learn to be with others.
You can take control of your life.
You can learn to savor the moment.

Faith Stripped to Its Essence: A Discordant Pilgrimage Through Shusaku Endo's Silence
ISBN: 0879465816

ACTA Publications. 2016

Martin Scorsese's new film based on Shusaku Endo's Silence will raise a wide range of faith-related questions. And Patrick T. Reardon's Faith Stripped to Its Essence is the perfect guide for group reading and discussion. Reardon provides commentary on the novel as well as questions for reflection and discussion. Chapters of the commentary are devoted to each of the main characters and their own experience of faith. Several chapters focus on the central character, the missionary priest Fr. Sebastian Rodrigues. These characters are all believers in one way or another, but are far from unified in their approach to living that faith in the real world.

Requiem for David: Poems
ISBN: 0997797258

Silver Birch Press. 2017

“Survivors know only too well how grief is equal parts sorrow, rage, and guilt. Requiem for David is the heart’s howl, a passage through mourning, a lesson ultimately in learning how to walk alongside pain with grace. We cannot avoid the dark night of the soul, but if we don’t walk through it, we can never reach the light.” — Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

“Detail by razor-sharp detail, perception by vivid perception, recollection by haunting recollection, Patrick T. Reardon’s Requiem for David gathers into the force of a cri de coeur.” — Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago

“In Requiem for David, Patrick T. Reardon grapples with the suicide of his brother David and with the painful childhood they shared as the two oldest of fourteen children of emotionally distant parents. Their closeness is clearly articulated in his poem "Your Death.” “Your death/tore me/open like/the baby/was coming/out.” This collection also chronicles the tight bond of affection that the fourteen siblings shared. Reardon also confronts the meaning and limitations of his Catholic faith. I share his doubts and confirmations from my limited association with Catholicism. Requiem for David, supplies insights into the intersections between the religious and the secular. His poetry reminds me of the great poet and Catholic priest, Daniel Berrigan. I highly recommend this volume to all who seek uncommon answers to difficult questions.” — Haki R. Madhubuti, Ph.D., author of Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1966-2009 and YellowBlack: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet's Life, A Memoir

“Patrick T. Reardon's Requiem for David is a tribute to a younger brother who died by his own hand, a balm to heal the hurt of loss and a return, however difficult, to beauty.” — Achy Obejas, author of Memory Mambo


Reardon won the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for arts criticism in 1991 and 1992 for his extensive book reviews. In addition, he led a team of reporters who won the 1988 Lisagor Award for public service for an extensive report on Chicagos public housing and the 1997 Lisagor Award for public service for the dissection of the political clout behind the scenes of a single City Council meeting. He and Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin won the 2003 Lisagor Award for in-depth reporting for their series of stories on the demolition of hundreds of potential city landmarks.

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