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A Memoir


The Abbey & Me

Renegades, Rednecks, Real Estate & Religion

by J. Patrick Rick

Born from a film project, The Abbey & Me is a non-fiction account of the invasion and seizure of a Midwestern Catholic monastery. The narrative chronicles a certain 1975 Native American act of civil disobedience and thirty-four days of armed occupation under harsh winter conditions. Researched and told by a former cloistered resident and novice-monk, this is a true contemporary, cavalry, Indian, and missionary story of hostages, vigilantes, renegades and celebrity, including the late Marlon Brando facing the Wisconsin National Guard.

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See below, a short documentary produced by the author/actor
prior to completion of his book, The Abbey & Me.

The Documentary

This film project, known as THE NOVITIATE, gave birth to the nonfiction book. Curious domestic and international film festival fans wanted to learn more. Based on this short documentary, viewers turned to the book. Chris Sheridan, a Student Academy Award recipient directed this award winning piece  that was researched, written and produced by Pat Rick. Best in
Show, 2001



Trained at the Orange County, California Sheriff Academy, cadet Rick, served as class historian, videographer, editor and fellow reserve deputy graduate. Pat Rick went on to graduate with the Los Angeles FBI Citizens’ Academy. Now, Pat serves in the InfraGard partnering with the private business sector and the FBI.