Navigating Conflict in Marriage – October 17, 2023

Father Allen Hoffa joined Patrick for a conversation on what makes a great marriage, and how to navigate conflict. Topic include: ingredients of a good marriage (2:14), the goals of marriage (9:17), sacrifice (11:55), love languages (20:47), prayer (23:24), caller: I get into arguments with my wife about my pride (26:25), what if prayer doesn’t come naturally? (30:58), caller: my spouse doesn’t want more children (39:13), and caller: my husband bullies my brother and my brother lives with us (46:17). 

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.