Celebrating Christmas as a Catholic – December 21, 2023

Father Richard C. Hermes, S.J. joined Patrick for a conversation about Christmas traditions. Topics included: Celebrating Christmas as a Catholic (4:55), Christmas food (12:54), caller: we set up a nativity play as a family (18:52), feasting during the holidays (21:38), caller: we went out to help others one Christmas (25:04), caller: WWII & Vietnam Christmas story (28:52), caller: we had our grandma visit instead of presents one Christmas (37:20), caller: I received a long lost recipe from my daughter (39:35), Christmas liturgies (41:14), caller: my daughter made a rosary for me (45:11).  

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.