Nicholas Patricca

A Nation's Progress coverOne Woman’s Journey: A Nation´s Progress (Peggy Roach)

A Nation’s Progress tells the story of the activities of Peggy Roach a leader in Chicago and USA civil rights movement.  The book focuses on the projects of Peggy during the 1960’s from the corridors of power in Washington D.C. to the actions of the Contract Buyers’ League on the streets of Chicago to the homes of Black families in Mississippi.  Peggy Roach demonstrates in her life and person the best in the USA and Catholic traditions of social justice.


GET IT AT: Available for free by the generosity of the Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola University Chicago.

An Uncertain Hour coverAn Uncertain Hour

Full-length play about Primo Levi, the Italian Jewish writer and chemist, who survived the Holocaust by his faith in justice and belief in the power of art.


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The Defiant Muse coverThe Defiant Muse

Full-length play about the life and work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the 17th century Mexican nun, one of the all-time greatest writers in the Spanish language, who became part of the court of the Viceroy of New Spain. Famous for her defense of the equality of women, she was ultimatedly silenced by censorship.


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Fhe Fifth Sun coverThe Fifth Sun

Full-length play about Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was assassinated while saying mass in 1980 by paramilitary forces. Combining tomb rituals, Maya temple dramas and medieval morality plays, The Fifth Sun shows a human being growing to embody the moral voice of his people.


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The Hiroshima Project coverThe Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The Hiroshima Project

Full-length play with music weaving together three separate stories about the making and first use of the atomic bomb.


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Op-Ed Columns

Understanding Steve Bannon: Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. 01 March 2017

Free the Word 01 February 2017

It’s Time: Direct Election of Our President 04 January 2017

Religion and violence against women 07 December 2016

Dickie V. and Me: Sexual Identity in 1950s America 05 October 2016

Gays and Justice in the Catholic Church 07 September 2016

Blessed Body book looks at Nigerian life 29 June 2016

Nigeria: Jail the Gays or kill them 01 June 2016

Discrimination: Religious liberty?! 04 May 2016

Sheltering the artist at risk 06 April 2016

Francis on the borders 02 March 2016

From the Congo to Chicago 03 February 2016

The silencing of writers: Saudi Arabia 13 January 2016

Writers at risk: A global pandemic 02 December 2015

PEN protests the rise of anti-LGBTQ legislation 04 November 2015

Religious liberty USA style 07 October 2015

A personal tribute to Julian Bond 02 September 2015

Confusion of State and Church 05 August 2015

The Future of Our Democracy 01 July 2015

Marco Rubio: American Dream Candidate? 03 June 2015

Rand Paul, Libertarian!? 06 May 2015

Remembering Selma 04 March 2015

Satire and Freedom 04 February 2015

Grand Jury and Civil Rights   07 January 2015

The Idea of the City   03 December 2014

IMMIGRATION: Facts and Fictions     05 November 2014

ITS YOUR MONEY: Illinois     01 October 2014


Children Crossing Borders  06 August 2014

The Millennials and the American Dream  09 July 2014 (second Wednesday exception)

The American Dream: Going, Going, ……?   04 June 2014

Rancher Bundy and USA Civil Religion   07 May 2014

Religion & Nationalism      02 April 2014

Religion: What Is It?   05 March 2014

Valentine Day: The Saint(s) and the Legend   05 February 2014

Mandela to Francis: Passing on the Torch  01 January 2014

Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger  04 December 2013

Mary in Islam: An Invitation to Dialogue  06 November 2013

The Vatican Bank Follies  02 October 2013

Marriage (Gay or Other): What is it?  04 September 2013

The Evil of Religion    07 August 2013

Gay, Catholic?!: The contemporary predicament  01 July 2013

Gay and Catholic?!: Eros briefly unchained  05 June 2013

Gay and Catholic?!: Eros chained 01 May 2013

Does the Pope Wear Prada?: On Power, Accessories, Shoes of the Fisherman  03 April 2013

VIEWPOINTS: The art of citizenship 26 September 2012

In praise of Catholic nuns’ leadership Chicago Sun-Times 06 March 2011, updated 24 September 2012

Nick PatriccaNicholas A. Patricca (poet, playwright, essayist) is professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago; playwright emeritus at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago; ensemble member, TOSOS Theatre Collective, New York City. Nick holds a Ph.D. (1972) from the University of Chicago in the field of Christian Theology, is an active member of the Dramatists Guild, president of Chicago Network for Justice and Peace, a member of the Writers in Prison Committee of the San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Chapter of PEN International, and a featured columnist at Windy City Times, Chicago. Nick is a recipient of numerous awards, the two most recent literary awards are: ‘The Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding Achievement in New Work for the Theatre,’ Dublin, Ireland, May 2006, for his play Oh, Holy Allen Ginsberg; and an ‘Alexander S. Onassis Distinction Prize’ in the III International Cultural Competition for his play The Defiant Muse, Athens, Greece, August 2006. Nick’s plays and performance poetry, which have been produced internationally as well as throughout the USA, are translated into Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese, and are published by the Dramatic Publishing Company (USA, England, Australia, New Zealand).