Harnessing the power of today's technology, Patrick O'Brien is spreading his vision of faith by using brilliant design and clear writing to convey experiences of Catholic life. This vision, FAITH magazine, is regarded as one of the foremost, widely acclaimed Catholic publications in the nation.
The first issue of FAITH welcomed the new millennium in January 2000. Since then, it has received awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada for its in-depth articles, design and photography, and consistently ranks among the top general interest print publications and websites.
In addition to print magazines, FAITH publishes an online magazine for teens called FAITHteen along with several other Web sites including FAITHcatholic.com. The staff also works on marketing campaigns that have included television, billboards and parish promotional programs.
"The concept was simple - create a Catholic magazine that people could relate to," said O'Brien. "The editorial mix consisted of inspirational personal stories with practical columns on parenting, work, marriage and spirituality. No preaching. No judging. No fire and brimstone. I tried to bring much of what I learned at CCS to this project. I had no real magazine experience only advertising."
O'Brien studied under the instruction of many talented professors. Larry Flemming, chair of the advertising design department, inspired him and opened his mind to the David Ogilvy concept - that words and graphics work together to make maximum impact. O'Brien often finds himself utilizing the theory of this renowned advertising guru while working with his team at FAITH.
"There are so many things that good people do that really make a difference. It is rewarding to put those people on the cover of a glossy magazine and give them a little credit for the huge impact they make. I can't think of a better way to use what I learned at CCS."
"The multimedia world we live in is hungry for today's artists to define the spiritual dimension of this age. Never before have creative people had so many means to communicate to so many. CCS has given us the abilities. My hope is for people to answer their call. I am excited about continuing to answer mine."
- Graduation Year: 1993
- Employer: FAITH Publishing Service
- Title: CEO
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