Discernment & Spiritual Direction – September 14, 2023

Father Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., shared his many years of priestly wisdom about discernment with Patrick. Topics included: discernment of spirits (3:31), overcoming desolation (14:44), rules of discernment & spiritual direction (21:19), caller: I love Father’s book! (29:55), caller: should every Catholic learn the exercises? (35:02), caller: rule #5 helped me when my son died (41:53), caller: what should you ask in spiritual direction? (44:55), the first steps of spiritual direction (48:23). 

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.