Spiritual & Religious – June 15, 2023

Father Patrick Hyde, OP, joined Patrick for a conversation about religion and how we respond to those who are ‘spiritual, but not religious.’ Topics included: getting to know Fr. Patrick (1:), spiritual but not religious (5:02), why do people reject organized religious (10:04), the virtue of religion (13:11), caller: I have evangelical friends who don’t accept religion (17:14), religious hypocrisy (22:43), how we cultivate religion (28:54), saints who help us cultivate religion (33:21), responding to those who say “I’m spiritual only” (39:48), caller: priest helped me return to the faith (44:41). 

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.