“SAY three Hail Marys and two Our Fathers and be on your way.”

Many of us have heard those words in the confession box. But a new documentary entitled The Confessors interviews those who give out the penance.

Two County Limerick priests, Fr Chris O’Donnell, of Kilmallock, and Fr Luke Macnamara, of Glenstal, appear in this new programme, which will air on RTÉ One at 9.35pm on this Monday, October 12.
The documentary – featuring interviews with 15 priests from around the country– covers a range of topics. Priests give their own experiences of confession, to what kind of things they have heard and how it impacted on them.

It also asks them why they became priests, why they remain priests, reflections on the church and its problems, and also, how they are managing now during the pandemic with online Mass.

Fr Chris has taken to online Mass like a duck to water. He even brought some singing and dancing to his religious services to help lift spirits during lockdown.

In The Confessors, Fr Chris candidly admits: “I’m always conscious have I the other one closed?”

On becoming a priest, he said: “It was a nagging doubt that I should try that made no sense. I said I’d give it a go and thought I wouldn’t last a month. I told very few people where I was going. I said to myself: go, get it out of your system and get back to normal. But that never happened.”

Countless people are very glad he did “give it a go” as he is one of the most popular priests in the Limerick diocese.

The documentary will air on RTÉ One at 9.35pm today Monday.

By: Donal O’Regan. (email: donal.oregan@limerickleader.ie)

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