Single & Catholic – July 3, 2023

Father Sam Martin joined Patrick for a conversation about singleness and the unmarried state. Topics include what it means to be single and Catholic (1:34), does God call people to be single (10:42), how we seek a Godly spouse (16:57), caller: ‘The Beginning Experience’ helped me after my wife died (22:23), caller: my husband was abusive and we separated (29:51), caller: I got an annulment and I still serve the Church (36:22), caller: there’s no support for the folks who are between confirmation and marriage (43:45). 

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.