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 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), Deep Adventure Radio (April 2017), Everything Church Related Podcast (November 2017), Off the Shelf Podcast (December 2019), The Cause of Our Joy Radio Show (December 2019 - see player below), Find Something More, Find Your Way Home (January 2020 - see player below) and the Fiat Ministry Network Show (February 2020)
New Book Coming Summer / Fall 2021
Over two thousand years ago two disillusioned disciples walked along a dusty road to Emmaus. They had just witnessed Jesus their friend and leader whom they hoped to be the messiah suffer a gruesome death by crucifixion. Doubt, fear, and uncertainty clouded their conversation as they journeyed home questioning the future until something miraculous happened...the risen Jesus appeared and answered their questions.
Today, many young Catholics step onto college campuses with numerous questions about their faith yearning to know if the seed of faith given to them as a child is both true and practical.
Using the miracle on the road to Emmaus as a model, young adult ministers conversed weekly for three months with college students about the most pressing questions they had about the Catholic faith. As they journeyed together (virtually) something amazing happened...doubts disappeared, fears faded, and Jesus revealed that He is still alive.
Hearts Burning Within Us is a result of that grace-infused conversation, and we pray that as you read these pages the Holy Spirit will set your heart aflame like the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
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Patchwork Heart Ministry is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift and estate taxes. Our EIN is 83-2764247