Our Relationship to the Pope, Bishop and Pastor – February 22, 2024

Father Mike Martin, OFM Conv. joined Patrick for a conversation about how we relate and support the hierarchy of the Church. Topics included: why St. Peter is so important (5:48), our relationship to the Pope (9:00), the Local Bishop (15:54), successors to the Apostles (20:34), caller: we under-appreciate Holy Orders (23:38), helping priests smell like the sheep (27:54), what if we’re at odds? (31:58), and caller: why is authority so important? (42:22). 

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.