Leisure and Living Well – May 18, 2023

Sr. Maximilian Marie Garretson, O.P. joined Patrick for the first time for a conversation about how to enjoy leisure amidst the busyness of life. Topics included: getting to know Sr. Maximilian Marie (1:48), what leisure is (8:38), caller: what’s the difference between leisure and free time (16:12), reading recommendations (22:41), leisure and vacation (25:20), caller: how I have leisure with my young sons (36:21), and email: I find leisure during my walks (43:56). 

Reading Recommendations: 

Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World (Living Faith) – Kindle edition by Naughton, Michael , Turkson, Peter K.A. Cardinal. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Leisure: The Basis of Culture: Josef Pieper, James V. Schall: 8601400751022: Amazon.com: Books

The Difference Between Leisure and Amusement


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.