Sunday 17 February 2019

George Hook 're-converted' to Catholicism before knee surgery

George Hook following his knee operation
George Hook following his knee operation
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

GEORGE Hook has revealed how he "re-converted" to Catholicism by taking daily Communion during his recent stint in hospital.

The veteran broadcaster said he took the opportunity to re-connect with his faith while undergoing knee surgery in The Blackrock Clinic in Dublin.

The 73-year-old said:  "I found it peaceful.  I felt good about it.  This has been coming.  This was the opportunity and I'm glad."

The Cork-born presenter told Newstalk radio said receiving the Eucharist on a daily basis in his hospital bed filled him with a sense of calm.

He said:  "It's a bit easier than getting up in the cold weather and heading off to your local church, but I found a strange sense of peace, I must say. He [the priest] arrived up and I said, 'I want to make Confession and it might take a while'. I got my penance, which was remarkably light, I must say, probably on the basis I promised to amend.  Then I became a daily communicant."

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