Priest speaks candidly about his battle with cancer

Fr Richard Ross

In the lonely, quiet moments between the tests, treatments and surgeries, Fr Richard Ross says he has questioned his faith, reports The Examiner.

The Launceston Catholic priest and St Patrick's College chaplain was last week cleared of cancer for the second time, but he knows he will likely face it again.

Fr Ross said that his most recent cancer battle had left him flat, exhausted and empty from treatment. 'There have been all sorts of situations in my ministry where you're sitting with a family who have experienced a tragic death and they look to you for answers and you haven't got them, because there aren't any,' he said.

'Having this experience myself over the past few years has added another dimension to that. So I have questioned my faith . . . and in this second chapter I'm yet to fully resolve that journey, to be honest.'

Speaking at a World Cancer Day event at the Northern Cancer Care Centre yesterday, Fr Ross said he felt it was important to be honest and open about his experiences, for his sake and for others.

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