Faith & Arts – March 24, 2023

Father JJ Mech joined Patrick for a conversation about prayer, faith, art, and beauty. Topics included: what art is (3:05), what beauty is (6:07), caller: I’ve been drawing religious art (14:14), caller: I love the Pieta (17:26), caller: poetry and art (23:02), caller: I was drawn to an altarpiece (27:11), caller: I was moved by a Monet piece (32:15), caller: I use hip-hop with kids to spread the Gospel (36:45), caller: my mom’s art touched me (39:50), how we can pray with art (42:29). 

Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.