How Study Helps Our Faith – February 29, 2024

Father Michael Hurley OP, joined Patrick for a conversation about the value of study. Topics included: the Catholic history of leap year (2:56), the importance of study (7:50), the universe (14:55), what if I’m not an intellectual? (18:59), caller: I decided to study bioethics in my 50s (23:52), caller: I recommend The Blessed Eucharist (28:20), I love St. Therese and I recommend Abandonment to God (31:25), email: I recommend How Art Saved the Faith (38:21), caller: I enjoyed the ‘Just Faith’ series (40:38), caller: I recommend Saint Catherine of Siena (44:16), and caller: I recommend St. Francis of Assisi (46:27)    

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.