The Joy of Religious Life – June 29, 2023

Sister Maris Stella, O.P., joined Patrick for the first time for a conversation about the vocation to religious life. Topics included: getting to know sister (2:51), common threads in vocation stories (14:46), caller: I love the Salesian sisters in Co. Springs! (20:21), caller: Sister Maris Stella bears great witness to the faith! (22:24), different charisms in religious life (23:55), caller: my daughter is a Dominican! (28:19), caller: differences between a sister and a nun (33:53), caller: how did you parents help you? (38:07), caller: do sisters have friends and hobbies? (40:37), caller: shoutout to St. Francis mission sisters! (43:27), caller: do you wear your habit at home? (45:37). 

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.