As in many love stories, it was an accident that brought Monsignor Sean O'Shea to Rottnest Island.
After arriving in WA shortly after being ordained in Dublin in 1955, he caught what he thought was a ferry to Garden Island but found himself on Rottnest. Little did he know he would spend more than 50 years there.
Starting out as chaplain in 1961, he immediately fell in love with the holiday island and its visitors.
He built the tiny Church of the Holy Trinity in 1975 and, for the past 11 years, has lived next to it.
Monsignor O'Shea, 86, has witnessed countless weddings and baptisms but yesterday delivered his final daily Mass before retiring.
It has been a long and illustrious career, full of accolades - including a papal medal for his outstanding contribution to the church, awarded to him by Pope Benedict XVI.
He says the "special" island has changed dramatically but still has all the charm that first attracted him.
"The ambience of the place is just unparalleled - the landscape, the people - it is a very special place, like no other," he said.
Not only has the island been his place of work and worship - and his home and sanctuary - it will ultimately be his final resting place.
The Rottnest Island Authority has given permission for him to prepare a gravesite in the presbytery court- yard. "When the time comes, this is where I want to be," he said.