Born in Ottawa in 1948, Michael O’Brien is the author of twenty-eight books, including twelve novels, which have been published in fourteen languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.
His essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals such as Communio, Catholic World Report, Catholic Dossier, Inside the Vatican, The Chesterton Review and others. For seven years he was the editor of the Catholic family magazine, Nazareth Journal.
He has given hundreds of public talks and lectures at universities and churches throughout Europe and North America, and has frequently appeared as a guest on television programs in several nations.
His biography, On the Edge of Infinity by Dr. Clemens Cavallin, has just been published by Ignatius Press, San Francisco.
Since 1970 he has also worked as a professional artist and has had more than 40 exhibits across North America. Since 1976 he has painted religious imagery exclusively, a field that ranges from liturgical commissions to visual reflections on the meaning of the human person. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections and private collections throughout the world.
Michael O’Brien lives in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, where he is the Artist and Writer in Residence at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College. He and his wife Sheila have six children and eleven grandchildren.