To the followers of Pat Cross Cartoons,
After much discernment and prayer, I have decided to enter St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County California to begin religious formation. For this reason I will be retiring from political cartooning. I have not yet determined when I will publish my last cartoon. I officially enter the Abbey at the end of August. My last cartoon will be sometime between now and then. It is possible that I will return to cartooning in the future but, at least for now, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.
This decision was not easy. Cartooning has been a unique and wonderful way to communicate truth, but I have discerned that God may now be calling me to serve Him in a more particular way as a Catholic priest. As the great Calvin Coolidge once said, “The things of the spirit come first.”
I would like to thank all of you who have followed my cartoons over the years. Your enthusiasm and support has meant a great deal to me. I will remember you in my prayers and hope that you will remember me in yours.