One of Ireland’s most popular radio presenters has surprised fans by announcing that he is studying to be a priest.
Haun Doherty was the voice of Donegal’s Highland Radio for almost 30 years.
He stunned his following in 2017 when he announced live on air that he was leaving his mic behind for Weiden Neu.
But now the award-winning radio host has revealed he’s moved to Rome.
Mr. Doherty will now be ordained a deacon in a ceremony at St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome in June.
The former radio host, who has interviewed dozens of stars and politicians, said his life is constantly evolving.
However, he said he felt God helped him use all of his experience to finally arrive on his doorstep where he can now help other people.
“I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I feel like God brought me to this place and I think He used all of my good and bad experiences and mistakes that I’ve made to to help me become a better person, to be able to use the gifts he gave me, which are communication and the ability to listen and empathize with people,” said Shaun.
“I have a special interest in people who suffer from addiction and people who struggle with anxiety, depression, loneliness and all of those issues.
“I like to think that maybe in the future I’ll help people who need someone to listen because that’s what you do as a broadcaster.”
Shaun said he is fully aware that he is studying for the priesthood at a very challenging time within the Catholic Church.
And he certainly doesn’t shy away from scandals surrounding the church, including sexual abuse, but says he’s not worried.
“I know the church has weathered beatings and negativity and we all know why, and a lot of it is deserved,” he said.
He added that while he’s aware of the public perception of the priesthood these days, given the sex abuse scandals and how different it is now compared to 50 years ago, he’s not really concerned.
And he hopes his experience of listening to people behind a microphone will help him help others.
“I would be aware of this because over the years I have been involved in interviewing people who have suffered abuse because people have been hurt and they have a right to it because of what the church or certain members of the church have done to get hurt but I can’t be fatalistic and think, that’s it, let’s close the doors,” Shaun said.
“We have to be there as a church, we need priests, whether it’s me or someone else, there has to be someone who comes out and pleases God, many more will do.
“Let’s not forget all the good. We rightly focus on people who have been hurt. I’ve known this for 30 years as a broadcaster, I’ve heard the stories, I’ve felt the pain, I’ve heard it, I’ve met and spoken first hand to many people who have suffered.
“I’ve also heard many, many stories from people who have a lot of good things to say about the church, but because people are afraid that if they say something good, they’re in some way excusing the bad or minimizing people’s suffering , and nobody wants to do that. Help us heal, help others heal, be part of the solution.”
Shaun Doherty’s journey from radio host to priesthood will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio One on Easter Monday.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/popular-radio-host-reveals-he-has-hung-up-his-mic-and-will-shortly-be-ordained-as-a-priest-41556996.html The popular radio host announces that he has hung up his microphone and will soon be ordained a priest