Priest feels ready to fulfil his calling
A TORQUAY church has had its deacon ordained into priesthood.
Father Dexter Bracey, 40, from St Mary the Virgin, St Marychurch Torquay, was ordained in a special service on September 26 that was presided over by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Rev John Ford.
Father Bracey was made a deacon last September and 12 months on he has entered into priesthood.
"A year on, I have been ordained as a priest and I assume a greater leadership role in the church and can now celebrate all of the sacraments like conducting Communion and weddings," said Father Bracey.
"So there is a sense of now being able to fulfil the role that I have been working towards for sometime and there is a sense of fulfilment in that."
Father Bracey trained for two years at St Stephen's House in Oxford before becoming a deacon last year.
He explained he became aware of his calling to serve God at the age of 12 but had spent a lot of his life fighting it.
At the time he decided to start his training as a priest, he was working at Norwich Cathedral as the assistant to the precentor— the person who looks after the music and worship at the Cathedral.
Father Bracey freely admits he has been suffered 'a great anxiety' and wondered whether he would be good enough to God's work.
"At the end of the day a priest is called to help make God present to people, and that is a great burden of trying to speak of God," explained Father Bracey.
"I am very aware I am a frail human being and I was wondering whether I am up to that. I reached the point that I realised that God would give me the strength to do what he was calling me to do."
He said the ordination service was a great act of worship and is a wonderful occasion.
The service was held at St Mary the Virgin Church and members of the congregation supported him during the service too.
"What I really want, more than anything is for people to just be aware of God in their lives," said Father Bracey.
"Part of my role is to help make them aware and respond to the good things that God is doing."