Sacramental Validity – March 20, 2024

Father Ramil Fajardo joined Patrick for a conversation about the sacraments of the Church. Topics included: what is validity? (2:56), caller: my friend doesn’t believe in the sacraments (10:16), sacraments in Scripture (18:46), caller: what if someone wasn’t probably baptized? (22:54), email: I baptized my grandchildren; are they baptized? (26:25), becoming validity police (30:15), caller: we don’t receive the Precious Blood at my parish; why? (34:14), caller: If someone has a certificate of baptism but it was invalid and they don’t know it what happens?, and caller: what does baptizing ‘in the name of’ mean? 

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.