Inspired by this generation of young Catholics, Patchwork Heart Ministry seeks to draw the youth of today into a deep and profound relationship with Jesus Christ by sharing our faith through stories, prayer experiences and by boldly and passionately witnessing to the Catholic Faith.
Why "Patchwork Heart"?
People on occasion ask us why we named our ministry Patchwork Heart. The answer is simply this, our founder Bill Snyder is a survivor of three open heart open heart surgeries. He was diagnosed at three weeks of age with Tetrology of Fallot a serious congenital heart defect that required immediate surgery to correct the problem, and two additional open heart surgeries to make necessary modifications and improve heart function. As part of the procedures many different patches have been sewn into his heart thus giving him a "patchwork heart" and a name to our ministry. Bill, a passionate Catholic, loves to openly share his story of how the numerous surgeries and medical procedures have helped him grow in faith because he believes and hopes that it will open many hearts to God's grace and love.
If you are interested in hearing more of Bill Snyder's personal story read his autobiography Soular Quest or listen to the podcast God's Power in a Patchwork Heart.
He searches out the abyss and penetrates the heart; their secrets He understands. For the Most High possesses all knowledge and sees from of the old things that are yet to come . ~ Sirach 42:18.
Our ministry's genesis grows from our belief that we all have a “broken heart” in some unique way. It is by acknowledging our own “hole in the heart” and recognizing the many ways that we have unsuccessfully tried to patch it up ourselves, we have come to the realization that the patchwork we needed is God’s merciful and joyful love.
Equipped with patchwork hearts, our ministry is to simply “sew hope into broken hearts.” We are available for Speaking Engagements, Retreats, Youth Nights and Scripture Studies, by working alongside your pastoral or diocesan staff. We approach each opportunity prayerfully and with open hearts, knowing that it is God’s grace that keeps our hearts beating.
Patchwork Heart News
Check out Bill Snyder's interviews, about his book, ministry and experience on the Terry & Jesse Show (June 2014), Deep Adventure Radio (September 2014), the Kingdom Crossroads Podcast (February 2017) and another episode of Deep Adventure Radio (April 2017).