In response to his recent Aurora article where he outlined a desire to see local youth "giving their lives to service as priests or deacons", Bishop Bill spoke with Jill Emberson on her 1233 Radio Newcastle morning program.
The pair talked about the "crazy challenge" of promoting vocations during a time of increased scrutiny around historical sexual abuse by clergy and the upcoming Royal Commission. Bishop Bill expressed optimism for the future of priesthood, noting the number of people who are prepared "to walk away from a lot of gratification and go into a life of service".
The Bishop also spoke about the important role priests play in our society, describing the way "a priest lives in the middle of a community, as a servant of that community".
You can listen to the full audio of the interview below, as well as reading Bishop Bill's article.
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Audio clip courtesy of 1233 ABC Newcastle. View the ABC Newcastle website or Facebook page.