Father Liam and ICNY Podcast Producer Maggi Van Dorn
In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Father Liam O’Doherty, an Augustinian friar and Catholic priest, currently of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Staten Island. Fr. Liam served 18 years as a missionary in Nagoya & Nagasaki, Japan, where he ministered to the descendants of Japan’s first Catholic martyrs. He is renown in Staten Island for his interfaith work in bringing together the Roman Catholic and Muslim communities around shared social justice concerns. And Fr. Liam is also credited with arranging New York City Cardinal Dolan’s first visit to a mosque.
On Muslim Neighbors: [When I see Muslims pray, I see] that what they have in their hearts is the same thing that I have in my heart – a deep desire to praise God, and to have a relationship with Him. And the thing that comes out of that is a desire to support each other in their walk of faith, and also to do something for the people outside of the community.”
On singing as embodied prayer: “When you sing, your body becomes a musical instrument … it’s incarnational.”
On how to Be a Priest/Faith leader: “Show up, be there, and don’t get in the way of the action of the Holy Spirit.”
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