Patrick Gossage lays no claim on being a good man, but forty years ago the young University of Toronto graduate felt he indeed had a calling to become a priest and spent a year at Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. finding out he was not cut out for organized religion. The idea of what it might have been started him exploring thoughts for this book over three years ago. Drawing on his seminary year, and experiences as diverse as his years as a television producer at CBC and CTV, as press secretary to Pierre Trudeau, and as head of his own successful public relations company, Gossage found creating Father Pat, Terry and Dierdre drew down his life in a unique and satisfying way. Gossage's well-received memoirs of his years with Trudeau, Close to the Charisma was published in 1986. He is also a prolific book reviewer and commentator on politics and the media and a regular television panelist. His own red canoe rests at the family cottage at Lake of Bays, Muskoka.