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Trainee priest returns to medicine to join coronavirus frontline

by Heather Preston

A trainee priest has returned to his background in medicine to help tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Christopher Gault left his role as a junior doctor at Belfast's Mater Hospital in 2015 to pursue a calling to become a priest and relocated to join the Irish Province of the Order of Preachers - also known as the Dominican Order.

Following a request from the Government for retired medics to re-register in light of the pandemic, Gault volunteered his services saying it seemed like the "right thing to do."

Although he plans to continue his seminary studies remotely, Gault has moved back to Belfast to join the staff at its hospital. 

He will be shadowing staff at his former place of work - which has now being designated to treat Covid-19 patients, whilst he gets back up to speed.

Gault explained that his seminary superiors were very supportive of his decision and were more than happy to "send him out".

"I thought I might have some skills, limited though they are that could help in some small way," he told BBC news.

"I thought the training that I have might be in some way beneficial in a small way.

"Nervous though I was to come back, I just felt it was the right thing to do."

Gault says he hasn’t left his dream of becoming a priest behind and "can’t wait" to be qualified but has been so inspired by the NHS healthcare staff and has been using his time back on the frontline to pray for all of his patients.

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