The new vicar of Bishopstone, Wanborough and Liddington tells of team ethic (From This Is Wiltshire)
The new vicar of Bishopstone, Wanborough and Liddington tells of team ethic
A BUSY hospital and a sleepy village may not seem to have much in common.
But the new vicar of Bishopstone, Wanborough and Liddington believes the fundamentals of each are the same.
Fundamental to the Rev Bill O’Connell’s ethos is teamwork and helping people realise they are all part of God’s flock.
Before coming to Wiltshire he worked at Southampton General Hospital and believes helping people realise they are in a team helped to significantly reduce sick days.
He said: “They would witness some terrible traumas and feel they were the only person going through it.
“I helped to make them realise they were in everything together and not alone. This is what I want to bring with me in this new position.
“Everyone, no matter what their religion, is welcome in the church and I want to be there for everyone.”
Mr O’Connell said he is a great believer in a path being chosen for you, even if you may not realise it.
He said: “We often do not set out to achieve what we do intentionally, but it happens.
“People may set out to do one thing but end up achieving something far greater.”
Being part of the church has not always been part of Mr O’Connell’s life.
In fact, not only did he have a successful career in the business world but he was also a Roman Catholic.
He said: “I worked in a number of commercial jobs but I found the more successful I became, the less it meant. For every success there seemed to be something missing and it was a God-shaped hole.
“I was deacon in the Roman Catholic church but I reached a point where I thought I could not serve the whole of the Catholic community.
“About seven years ago I joined the Anglican church and here I am.”
He is married to Suzanne and has three children, Gregory, Lauren and Sophie-Anne. He has previously worked in Portsmouth as well as Southampton.
While in Portsmouth and Southampton as a hospital chaplain, he worked with homeless drug dependants.
This is work he hopes to be able to continue in some capacity in his new role.
He said: “I want to be able build up contacts at the hospital. It is a good way for offering support for people and also as there are people in my parish who will need to use the hospital.”
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