Father Alfred McBride is a member of the Order of the Canons Regular of Premontre, commonly referred to as the Norbertines. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1953, and holds a doctorate in religious education from the Catholic University of America. During his ministry, he has served as professor, novice master, university president, and was the founder and executive director of the department of religious education at the National Catholic Educational Association.
In 2008, the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University named Father McBride as one of the most influential religious education leaders of the 20th century. In 2011, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership granted Father McBride its prestigious annual Catechetical Award for outstanding and exemplary contributions to the ministry of catechesis.
Father McBride has published more than 40 books, including All I Own I Owe, his autobiography, The Second Coming: Meditation and Commentary on the Book of Revelation (Our Sunday Visitor, 1992) and Millennium: End of Time? A New Beginning? (Our Sunday Visitor, 1998). He has authored more than 200 articles which have been published by Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Lay Witness, and Catechesis Today.