The Reality of the Eucharist – August 11, 2023

Father Joseph Johnson joined Patrick for a conversation about the source and summit of the Catholic faith. Topics included: the importance of the Eucharist (4:28), presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (9:55), caller: I’d like to know why the Eucharistic miracles reveal a suffering Jesus (14:16), the feast of St. Clare (20:28), caller: how can the bread really be Jesus? (24:45), how to prevent Mass from becoming routine (33:53), caller: the Jewish roots of the Eucharist (39:25), the Eucharistic revival (44:18). 

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.