Fr. Alfred McBride, O.Praem. was ordained in 1953. He has served as professor, novice master, university president and was the founder and executive director of the department of religious education at the National Catholic Educational Association. The U.S. Catholic bishops appointed him to write the catechesis in preparation for the second pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II. Fr. McBride has lectured and written widely — with 40 books and 200 articles having been published. He currently serves on the U.S. Bishops Committee for Catechesis as well as the Board of Directors for Our Sunday Visitor and the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College. He lives at St. Joseph Priory on the St. Norbert College campus where he continues his writing and retreat/workshop ministries.