Laois priest to share his extraordinary story on the RTÉ Late Late Show

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Michelle Hogan

Laois priest to share his extraordinary story on the RTÉ Late Late Show

Fr Sean Hyland at his book launch Pictures: Michael Scully

Laois priest Fr Sean Hyland from Portarlington will share his extraordinary story on the RTÉ Late Late Show this month after his appearance was rescheduled in March. 

Fr Sean released his book Whisperings of My Soul last December and he told the Leinster Express he has been scheduled to talk about his amazing life story on the Late Late Show on Good Friday, April 19. 

A fitting time for Fr Sean to tell his story but also one of the busiest weeks on a priest's calendar during Holy Week. Fr Sean said he was concerned he might not be able to make it due to demands in his own parishes of Clonbullogue and Rhode.

However, he said he has received great support from two priests who are mentioned in the book who are going to help cover the masses he will be missing and he really feels like this was meant to be. 

He said there will be another man on the show with him and they will be discussing the theme of faith in adversity. 

Fr Sean will get to celebrate mass up in Donnybrook, Dublin near the RTÉ studio.

In his book, Fr Sean explains and explores the explicit consolation, dreams and visions he received of his late wife Liz and his two young kids. 

Before becoming a priest, tragedy struck Fr Sean and his wife, Liz, early in their marriage with the deaths of their two young children Seana and Kieran.

Liz’s deep faith helped her survive the heartbreak, but Sean became an angry man after their devastating loss.

Fr Hyland explained why he wrote the book.

“I lost my wife and earlier in life, we had lost our two children. Liz carried me through that and when she got sick, I prayed for support, it was kidney cancer and a long nine-month journey.

“After the children died I had turned to the drink and I was terrified I would go back there.

“I was always a pessimist and fell into self-pity but I prayed and I was given the strength, more strength than was natural for me.

“I prayed and I got explicit consolation, dreams and visions of Liz and my children that they were safe and well, I knew this beyond doubt.

“I have shared it with other people who are grieving or troubled and it comforts them. It is a gift that has been granted to more than me. That was the catalyst to write the book, my experience gave other people comfort,” he said.

Fr Sean said he received help through many consolations of faith which let him know that his wife and children are close by and watching over him. In thanksgiving, he entered a seminary in Rome and has devoted the remainder of his life to God as a Catholic priest.