Priest feels call of Antarctica again

Holy Family’s Father Brian Fennessy is hoping he passes the stringent medical tests again so he can do another four-week stint at American Research Centre McMurdo Station in November.

He has already completed two trips to Antarctica in 2005 and 2007, as one of the five Catholic priests who work as chaplains to all denominations there during the summer season.

Fr Brian loves history and is fascinated by the relics from the great explorers, which are still where they were left on the frozen continent more than 100 years ago.

As well as holding mass in the ecumenical Church of Snow, he will offer pastoral care to between 1000 and 1200 workers staying at the base, no matter what their religion.

The summer temperature hovers between minus one and minus six degrees Celsius.

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