I am Patrick Branson. Actually, I am Richard Patrick Branson, but in my family history, those whose names begin with Richard do not use the name, but go by their second name. I never found out why. I don't think my Dad knew either. Besides, being called Richard Branson doesn't get me any free flights on Virgin, so I will stay with plain old Pat Branson.
Bransonworld is about my world: my family, my work, my studies, my interests. So a little about me: I am married to Maryanne and we have a daughter, Melissa. We live in Armadale, a southern suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Maryanne and I have lived here since 1985. Melissa was born in 1989.
I work at Kolbe Catholic College in Rockingham, a coastal suburb south of Perth. My role: Assistant Deputy Principal (Campus Ministry). Maryanne works part time at Seton College as its Publications Officer. Melissa has graduated with honours from WAAPA and now teaches guitar at Kolbe other schools. On October 6, 2012, she married Jonathan Fitzgerald, a classical guitarist from Cleveland, Ohio.
We belong to St Francis Xavier parish in Armadale. More about that experience at some other time.
I graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) in 2010 with a PhD. A grand occasion full of wonderful memories. In 2012, I published my thesis through LAP Lambert Academic Publishing under the title The role of the imagination in adolescent religious conversion.
My next publication will be about teenage theologians and its genesis is my thesis.