Ministry of Hope (Thursday 28, RTE One, 10.15pm) follows three chaplains over a whole year, as they help people in the Mater Hospital, Shelton Abbey Open Prison and Dublin City University, and a father and son from Doneraile, Co Cork will feature in the new series.

In the first episode, the programme focuses on chaplain Margaret Sleator as she supports Sean O’Keeffe from Doneraile, Co Cork, whose wife is critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit with a life threatening auto-immune disease.

The prognosis from the medical team is not good, but Sean and his son, Jack, are hoping and praying for a miracle.

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