Confronting Loneliness – October 6, 2023

Father John LoCoco joined Patrick for a conversation about overcoming loneliness. Topics included: loneliness (3:25), social media (11:01), Jesus & being alone (13:54), confronting loneliness (19:22), caller: How do I hear God in prayer? (21:32), caller: adoration was key for me when I was coming back to the faith (23:54), caller: I was lonely after abuse (27:30), the fear of being alone (30:36), caller: I was lonely as a young man (33:53), caller: marriage didn’t solve loneliness (40:23), caller: I am 65 and struggling with loneliness (42:49), caller: I like the verse, “be still and know I am God” (45:51), and virtuous friendship (47:21). 

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.