Heal­ing the heartache

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Fa­ther Michael Ker­ri­gan’s role as the lo­cal priest in a North­ern Eng­land parish is to help and heal the trou­bled and des­per­ate parish­ioners he en­coun­ters. Be­neath his pro­fes­sional obli­ga­tions lurks hidden pain of his own that also needs salv­ing.

The ac­ci­den­tal death of Ver­non Oyenusi, a men­tally ill and sui­ci­dal young man, sup­pos­edly due to Michael’s fail­ure to take a dis­tress call from Ver­non’s mother He­len, is the cat­a­lyst for the priest’s cathar­tic con­fes­sion of a past in­dis­cre­tion. While coun­selling An­drew Pow­ell, the po­lice of­fi­cer who shot Ver­non, Michael con­fesses that as a school­boy he was sex­u­ally mo­lested by his Catholic English teacher Fa­ther Matthew.

The rev­e­la­tion prompts him to seek out his now-el­derly abuser but he’s left an­gry and plagued by dis­turb­ing flash­backs to his past when Matthew shows no re­morse.

Hell bent on mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, Michael strives to save the life of Roz Demiche­lis, a parish­ioner and gam­bling ad­dict on the verge of sui­cide af­ter de­fraud­ing her work­place of huge sums to feed her ad­dic­tion.


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