An Invitation and Proposal:
Brendan Hoban has written a book – A Priest’s Diary. It is now into its second printing. Many have bought the book and presumably some have read it. Brendan has reflected on priesthood. He is an artist with words. His craftsmanship is quite beautiful. His turn of phrase; his little vignettes; his colourful asides are quite delightful. Many of us could recognise the situations and characters who wander about in those pen-pictures – they have happened/are happening for ourselves. The Book is alive with wry moments and stories that cry out for a great big canvas. The Gallery awaits an Exhibition of paintings from the wider Community of Ministers.
I think the ACP was born and lives because the ministry, and therefore ourselves, need to share the business of our lives, and need the support of each other, in living out the privilege and challenge, of mission and priesthood.
Brendan has written a serious book with humour and some sadness. He has set a sublime standard. His genius with words is the gift that few have. But our experience of priesthood is personal and profound, and it deserves to be shared. The rest of us need it. We need to hear each other. Bring along your Exhibit. A paragraph, an article – whatever helps to create a Community of Reflection on priesthood among us, would be good.
What is awakened in you, from your own experience of ministry, as you read ‘A Priest’s Diary’ by Brendan Hoban?