Authentic Friendship – September 12, 2023

Father Bobby Blood joined Patrick for an uplifting conversation about authentic friendship and fraternity! Topics included: friendship in adulthood (3:19), friendship with God (7:21), authenticity in friendship (16:53), caller: how do I build friendships as a new parishioner? (20:23), caller: it takes a while to build parish friendships (27:49), caller: My husband and I were welcomed into a parish while traveling (30:49), my wife brought me back to the Church (32:51), caller: I just lost some friends, what should I do? (34:29), caller: I talk to someone new every Sunday (40:18), caller: A friend and a priest helped my faith (41:59), caller: I think it’s important to get involved at Church (44:46), and caller: I want to give a shoutout to my friends! (46:18). 

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.