TWO CORK priests have become podcasters and broadcasters to keep in touch with their community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fr Sean O’Sullivan, formerly the Cork and Ross Diocesan Director of Pastoral Development is Parish Priest, based in Monkstown, to where he was appointed in 2012.
The Harbour Parishes comprise Monkstown, Passage West, Shanbally and Ringaskiddy.
The same year Fr Con Cronin, having served many years with the Kiltegan Fathers in Nigeria, was seconded to the Diocese of Cork and Ross and became Curate for the Harbour Parishes, based in Passage West.
Fr O’Sullivan served on the Cork and Ross Mission to Peru.
Due to the Covid 19 restrictions the churches in the Harbour Parishes at Passage, Monkstown, Shanbally and Ringaskiddy Oratory had to close for Masses.
So it was decided to launch a Podcast series on the Harbour Parishes on harbourparishes.ie.
Each week the two Bantry men alternate the presentation of the Podcast which has reached several hundred listeners in the parish and beyond.
They discuss the effects of the restrictions and the challenges, difficulties and opportunities for parishioners during the health emergency.
Topics have included: People Can Brighten Each Other’s Day; The Cocoon of Isolation – Live In The Moment; Look for the Opportunity; The Importance of Touch; Where Is God In All This Crisis? Being, Seeing, Doing and What Nature Is Saying.
This week’s Podcast, the 7th in the series was “Missing People – The Human Touch - But Do Not Be Afraid” in which Fr John Galvin and Sr Rosarii Darby, also members of the Parish Clergy, join the Podcast.
On the Podcast Sr Rosarii describes how she so much enjoyed meeting with and helping people and how she misses that personal touch in life.
Fr John, who has Baptised over 1,000 children in the Parish and married over 100 couples, also speaks about how lonely life has become.
Both say they are concerned for those in the parish who are also feeling lonely and the stress and difficulties being experienced.
When asked what she misses most, Sr Rosari says: “I miss people.”
Fr John urges people not to be afraid: “Do not be afraid, the one thing that is certain is that God is with us,” he says.
He concludes this week’s Podcast by singing “Mary of Graces” to mark the start of the month of May.
As well as presenting the podcast, Fr Con Cronin has been a guest on Virgin Media afternoon television and been interviewed on 96FM.