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This is my story, my body…

LOUISE CAROLIN TALKS TO ANGLICAN PRIEST JENNIE HOGAN ABOUT HER POWERFUL STORY OF TRAUMA AND TRANSFORMATION
PHOTO MICHELLE SENYAH

In her book This Is My Body: A Story Of Sickness And Health, Jennie Hogan explores the impact of the life-threatening brain haemorrhages she suffered as a child, and tells the story of her journey towards priesthood. She spoke to DIVA about coming out of “the blind closet” and why the Church should embrace its queer and disabled clergy.

DIVA: How did This Is My Body come about?

JENNIE HOGAN: The idea came out of conversations with a colleague, Sarah, who had brain damage because she was knocked over by a car. Sarah died last December but the book began with us talking about being priests, and having disabilities and brain damage. When I began writing on my own, my story just came out. The more I thought, the more I wrote, the more it became really obvious that I needed to tell it.

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