“It will be exciting because I have never done it before in my life,” the 85-year-old said. He lives outside Ipswich, Queensland.
“There was an emptiness here that’s filled up now,” he said. “… I’m part of the Church, and I feel better for acknowledging I am part of it.” Ipswich parish priest Franciscan Father Stephen Bliss said he would “sit down and talk” to Mr Hayden about Church teachings and prayer, and his passage to receiving his First Communion during Advent. .
Mr Hayden has received a flood of congratulatory letters and emails – including one from former prime minister Kevin Rudd – and other gifts including packets of Rosary beads and a large-print Bible with the name Bill Hayden embossed in gold on the leather-bound jacket.
Mr Hayden explained his lifelong distrust of religion, was shaped during a violent and unhappy childhood.
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