Br Chris Gault, who has been studying for the priesthood with the Dominicans, has returned to his native Belfast, Northern Ireland, and donned surgical scrubs to be part of the fight against the virus in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital where he once served.
He graduated from Queen’s University in 2013 and completed foundation training as a doctor, but he left medical life behind when he decided to answer a call to enter the priesthood.
He joined the Order of Preachers, making a profession of vows in 2018, and moved to Dublin to study philosophy as part of his formation.
However, when he heard calls for any available medics to return to the front line to help in the fight against the coronavirus, he decided he had to help.
“I talked to my superiors and they were happy and encouraging,” he said.
“I just volunteered. The trust and the health service (are) undergoing a lot of change. They are adapting to a lot of change in these current circumstances.
“I never wavered and once the backing came, I was happy to go for it,” he said.
Picture: Br Chris Gault poses in front of Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 29th April 2020. The Irish Dominican, who trained as a doctor, is back treating patients with Covid-19 in his native Belfast. (CNS photo/Mal McCann, courtesy Irish Catholic).