Uniting Our Prayer & Work – January 17, 2024

Father Matthew Spencer, OSJ joined Patrick for a conversation about work. Topics included: work & God’s plan (2:56), why do we work? (9:24), St. Anthony of the desert (12:24), caller: we used to pray in the Navy (16:27), caller: I feel my husband engages more with work than with us (22:16), caller: I left my advertising job (25:28), what if I don’t like my job? (30:09), caller: I try to keep prayer at the forefront (37:14), evangelization (41:53), and caller: I feel I lose God’s presence at work (44:12). 

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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.