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In the first episode, Fr Christian Fini OMI interviews Fr Austin Cooper OMI about his childhood growing up in the Oblate mission of Sorrento, and the struggles during the depression and war years, Austin’s vocation and entry into religious life, his years in the Irish seminary and the first years of his priesthood.
In this second episode, Fr Christian Fini interviews Fr Austin Cooper about the Second Vatican Council, the setting up St Mary’s Seminary in Mulgrave, the establishment of the Catholic Theological College and the joys and challenges he has experienced over 65 years of priesthood.
In this third and final instalment from Fr Austin Cooper, we hear about his teaching career, his love of history and spirituality, his time as Provincial and his thoughts on what the future holds for the Oblates in Australia.