Friendship with the Saints – September 21, 2023

Father Richard Hermes, S.J. joined Patrick for a conversation about developing friendship with the saints. Topics included: getting to know Fr. Hermes (2:53), what is sainthood? (6:06), what does veneration entail (10:02), why do we pray to the saints (14:41), caller: Padre Pio was close to me during cancer (20:04), caller: I love St. Anthony (24:33), the communion of saints (26:10), caller: is canonization dogmatic? (28:50), caller: I love St. Raphael the Archangel (30:45), developing a friendship with the saints (33:59), caller: my husband had a devotion to ST. Joseph (38:48), the role of relics (42:46), and saint resources (46:36). 

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.