Family Dinner – March 11, 2024

Father Dave Heney joined Patrick for a conversation about the spiritual benefits of eating as a family. Topic included: food in Jesus’ time (3:32), Fr. Dave’s family meals (13:13), caller: Jesus and Lazarus eating (16:41), advice for families (20:27), The Catechism and families (27:20), caller: we read Scripture during dinner (29:42), caller: we had a timer to make sure that everyone got to speak at dinner (34:24), caller: we prayed and then played games after dinner (37:24), and caller: my niece was an only child and she came for dinner and wasn’t used to sharing (42:51). 

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.