Irish radio show host Shaun Doherty tells fans he’s becoming a priest
One of Ireland’s most popular radio presenters has surprised his fans by announcing he is studying to become a priest.
Shaun Doherty was the voice of Highland Radio in Donegal for nearly 30 years.
He stunned his army of followers in 2017 when he announced live that he was quitting his mic for “new pastures”.
But now the award-winning radio presenter has revealed he has 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 was constantly changing.
He said: ‘I’ve come to a point in my life where I feel like God has brought me here and I think he’s used all my good and bad experiences and mistakes that I’ve made to help me to be a better person, and to be able to use the gifts he gave me, which were communication, and being able to listen to people and empathize with people.
“I have a special interest in people who suffer from addiction and people who have problems with anxiety, depression, loneliness and all those problems.
“I like to think that maybe I will be useful in the future for people who need someone to listen because that’s what you do as a broadcaster.” Shaun said he was fully aware that he was studying for the priesthood at a very difficult time within the Catholic Church.
And he certainly isn’t worried about scandals surrounding the church, including sexual abuse, but says it’s not something he worries about.
“I know the church has been through blows and negativity and we all know why and much of it is deserved.”
Shaun said while he was well aware of the public perception of the priesthood now, he wasn’t really worried about it.
And he says he hopes his experience of listening to people behind a microphone will help him help others.
“I would be well aware of that because I’ve been involved in interviews over the years with people who have been abused because people are hurt and they have a right to be hurt because of this. that the church or certain members of the church have done but I can’t be fatalistic and think, that’s it, we’re closing the doors.
“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 forward and pleases God, lots of others will.
‘Let’s not forget all the good. We are right to focus on the people who have been hurt. I know that as a 30-year-old broadcaster, I have heard stories, felt pain, heard it, met and spoken firsthand to many who have suffered.
“I’ve also heard a lot of 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 will somehow excuse the bad or minimize people’s suffering and no one wants to do that. Help us heal, help others heal, be part of the solution.
Shaun Doherty’s journey from radio presenter to priesthood will be broadcast on RTE Radio One on Easter Monday.