About Patrick McCollum

Ven. Rev. McCollum is an internationally recognized spiritual leader whose work toward human rights, social justice, and equality for all religions and spiritual traditions, transcends cultural, religious, and political barriers. He is the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism. He was also named as a World Inner Peace Ambassador by Thai Buddhists and was given the title Venerable. He also served as an advisor for the United States Commission on Civil rights, and his comments and insights were forwarded in a report to both Congress, and to the President of the United States.

He also serves as Development Director for the United Nations NGO, Children of the Earth, and helps oversee youth leadership projects around the world. In addition, he serves as the Minority Faith Issues Chair, for the American Correctional Chaplains Association, and as Founder and Co-Chair of the National Correctional Chaplaincy Directors Association. He is a Board Member for four other non-profits.

He founded The Patrick McCollum Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting a sacred planetary vision that respects religious diversity and advances progress toward equality, human rights, equality for women, and world peace. He accomplishes this through his involvement with many different organizations in different capacities. These include:

Board Member and Development Director, Children of the Earth, United Nations NGO.  A worldwide organization directed toward empowering youth to make a better world and to building a better future.  COE deliver programs, which provide young people with the empowerment and leadership skills necessary to advance peace in the world today and in the future. COE fosters building networks of cooperation, multicultural understanding, spiritual values, and ethical living skills.  Learn more...

DIrector of The National Correctional Chaplaincy Directors Association (NCCDA), An organization composed of high level directors and administrators of state and federal programs, dedicated toward the advancement of religious understanding and pluralism in governmental agencies, with a particular focus on correctional institutions.

Chaplaincy Liaison for the American Academy of Religion, the world's largest and oldest convocation of religious scholars, theologians, and clergy, and in that capacity provides training and resources to govenment agencies seeking to advance pluralism.  Learn more

Member of the Advisory Committee of the Peace Service Center in Katmandu, Nepal.

Regular programmes currently running at the Centre in Koteshwar are:

·      Adult Education: a daily program providing free education to women with the aim of improving their literacy

·      Adult Training: daily program providing skill training to women such as stitching and candle-making, so as to enabling them to work independently back at their homes and to generate personal income

·     Children’s Study Centre: a daily program run for the children, who do not have a home environment suitable for studying after the school. (many of these children’s parents would be working as daily wage earner/street vender until late evening as a result the children have no support at home)

·      Seeds of Peace: a weekly program for children based on moral and ethical values

·      Thoughts of Youth: a monthly program that provides a platform for youths to talk about contemporary issues

·      Youth Society for Peace: youth movement dedicated to building awareness around issues of peace. 

·    Spiritual Discourses: a monthly programme that is run at the centre for spiritual awakening. The program is open for anyone and is attended by more than one hundred people.

Member of The National Advisory Council of American's United for the Separation of Church and State, Dedicated to perserving the constitutional principal of church-state seperation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Learn more

In 2008, Reverend McCollum served as an Advisor to the United States Commision on Civil Rights on a special report to Congress and the President of the United States, outlining problems and solutions to religious discrimination in U.S. prisons.  Reverend McCollum's comments became instrumental in the final report and proposed solutions.

Reverend McCollum has served for over 13 years in the California prison system meeting and facilitating the emotional and spiritual needs of the Earth-Based religions, where he received an official commendation from the California State Senate for his work.

Director of Chaplaincy for the Cherry Hill Seminary

Director of Our Lady of Wells Church

Patrick McCollum Foundation Committee