Supporting Your Parish Priest – January 9, 2024

Father Brian O’Brien joined Patrick for a conversation about supporting priests. Topics include: the sacrament of Holy Orders (3:59), Fr. O’Brien’s vocation story (6:38), misconceptions and challenges (9:54), priest burnout (18:37), email: what if your priest doesn’t support you? (21:51), caller: I pray for priests during the rosary! (24:41), caller: I participate in the Seven Sisters Apostolate (27:55), getting to know your parish priest (30:49), caller: I pray for the priest during Communion (33:57), caller: should more priests live in community? (35:55), giving gifts to priests (40:5), I try to help my priest in any way possible (47:00). 


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.