Monday, October 22, 2012

What's It Like to Be a Bishop

I got to do an interview over the summer with Bishop Greg O'Kelly, a Jesuit bishop in Australia.  Fantastic guy working in a very hard part of the country, one of the poorest and largest dioceses there.

The interview just got posted on The Jesuit Post.  Here's the link.   I hope you like it.  He has some really interesting things to say about the experience of being a bishop.


Shelly said...

Fr. Jim - thanks for sharing this pespective. The section where he spoke of his consolations and desolations, esp. "his own personal needs for friendship are often under-appreciated", which was particularly touching to me. Any person in "high profile" vocations experiences this, and it is compounded in rural areas. We do sometimes forget that the bishop (or priest, or doctor, or policeman....)is a man, with the same needs as any other man for human friendship and contact. Again, thanks.

Jim McDermott, S.J. said...

I was similarly touched by the Bishop's willingness to speak honestly about the personal challenges of the job. I'm glad it spoke to you, too.