Discerning the Will of God – January 12, 2024

Father John Paul Erickson joined Patrick for a conversation about discernment. Topics included: what discernment is (3:39), vocations (11:08), caller: how do I discern? (20:46), caller: discerning the big decisions (25:45), do we get better at discernment with time? (29:03), caller: should our pastor be our spiritual director? (36:23), caller: I feel like I missed a calling (38:57), caller: story of my discernment (43:22), and caller: I think young men should discern priesthood (47:59).

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.