Anointing of the Sick – April 12, 2024

Father Ethan Southard joined Patrick for a conversation about the sacrament of healing. Topics included: Jesus the healer (2:53), what if a physical healing doesn’t happen (7:31), anointing in Scripture (15:15), caller: my father’s story of last rites (21:59), caller: My son passed away, did he receive anointing? (29:35), when should we call a priest (33:50), caller: encourage loved ones to get anointed (37:42), mechanics of the sacrament (41:26), caller: my near-death experience (45:07), and caller: my sister’s anointing (47:13). 

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.