Oral History Project Builds Picture of Inspirational Priest


Paul Sartori Foundation’s Oral History Project team 

The Paul Sartori Foundation’s Oral History Project hosted its latest community event at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre and announced it has already completed 25 interviews.

Not much is known about the inspirational parish priest who inspired the charity, and the project aims to put that right by carrying out interviews with people who knew him more than 40 years ago. Interviews, photographs and documents will become a permanent record and accessible to the public via the People’s Collection Wales and Pembrokeshire Archives.

The charity’s project officer, Simon Hancock, gave people attending the event an overview of the life of Father Paul Sartori, but said more memories were needed to provide an answer to the question: “What was it that was so unique that he inspired a charity that bears his name?”

Kiara Quimby, the project’s assistant, gave people an update on the progress of interviews which began late last year. “So far, we’ve interviewed 25 people and not one person has shared the same story,” said Kiara. “All of them mentioned his kindness and warmth.”

When Father Paul Sartori learned that he had little time left, he confided in friends: “I understand that God wants to take me, but I am going to put up a fight.” He died at the age of 39 in 1980, not long after he’d started a campaign to create an end-of-life care provision in Pembrokeshire. Poignantly, his few worldly possessions were contained in four carrier bags.

The Oral History Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and runs until the end of this year. If you’d like to volunteer and help with interviews or transcriptions (with training provided) the project team can be contacted by email on simon@paulsartori.org or by telephone on 07796 973998.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness.

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