Welcoming the Stranger – November 3, 2023

Father Sam Martin joined Patrick for a conversation about welcoming the stranger in our midst. Topics included: why welcome the stranger? (4:07), caller: I talked to Fr. Martin about welcoming (16:56), caller: I don’t feel welcomed at my parish (22:28), caller: we see Jesus in those whom we greet (27:23), caller: my story of helping a homeless woman (30:08), caller: welcoming as an usher (33:56), email: story of my family at mass (40:15), caller: I joined a men’s group (42:29), and caller: I asked my angel to greet people (46:56). 

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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.