Patrick McInerney is a Columban missionary priest. He was assigned to Pakistan for more than 20 years. He has a licentiate from the Pontifical Institute for the Study of Arabic and Islamics in Rome (1986), a Masters in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity (2003), and a PhD from the Australian Catholic University (2009).
Father McInerney is director of the Columban Mission Institute, coordinator of its Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations and a staff member of its Centre for Mission Studies. He offers courses on Interreligious Dialogue and Islam at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and the Broken Bay Institute’s Centre for Mission and Culture.
He is a member of the Australian Catholic Council for Ecumenism and Interreligious Relations (ACCEIR), a board member of the Australian Catholic University’s Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (CID), and on the executive of the New South Wales state meetings of Religions for Peace (RfP). In 2011 he was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University. He attends interfaith and multi-faith conferences and gives talks on Islam, Christian-Muslim Relations and Interreligious Relations to a wide variety of audiences.