Dublin champ grateful for ‘gift of faith’

All-Ireland champion footballer Ger Brennan has spoken of the “gift of faith” in his life.

Fresh from his part in Dublin’s triumph at last Sunday’s GAA final, Brennan took to the airwaves to speak of his faith and his planned participation in Mission Month in October.

Asserting his distinct sense of “a divine presence in the world”, Brennan said, during an interview on RTÉ radio: “I believe strongly in God and Jesus as God’s incarnation in the world.”

“I call my faith a gift,” he explained in talking about his upbringing.

“It was given at home and formed during my time at Belvedere.”

That formation, he explained, had included the chance to undertake a student mission to Colombia with Magis Ireland, during which he worked with orphans and taught English at schools. And, though he thought “a couple of times” of becoming a priest, ultimately, “it wasn’t for me, though it is a special calling”.

While Dublin’s recent win stands as the highlight of the footballer’s year, Brennan said he is excited by the forthcoming Mission Month.

“It’s very enjoyable to be involved and have the opportunity to look at my own faith,” he said of that event.

Mission Sunday will be marked on October 20.