The Good News of the Gospels – October 12, 2023

Fr. Michael Martin, OFM Conv., joined Patrick for a conversation about the role the Gospels play in our spiritual life. Topics included: what Scripture is (3:31), the power of the Scriptures (7:57), what the Gospels are (9:55), Gospel reliability (13:56), Gospels as encounters with Christ (21:35), caller: a verse from John’s Gospel struck me (27:02), how to read the Gospels (29:47), Caller: daily Mass & the Rosary help me to know the Gospels (29:47), how do we begin reading the Gospels? (40:42), caller: there was a Gospel passage that struck my friend (44:43). 

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.