Former Archdeacon to mark 60 years as a Priest6 Jun 2019 By Sam Setchell
Frank Bentley, former Archdeacon of Worcester is marking 60 years as a priest with a special service in Fladbury.
Trinity Sunday marks the 60th Anniversary of Frank Bentley’s ordination to the Priesthood.
Frank, who is a former Archdeacon of Worcester, will be celebrating with a special service on the feast of Corpus Christi, 7.30pm Thursday 20 June at Fladbury Parish Church when Bishop John will preach and to which all are welcome.
Frank was ordained Priest in Wells Cathedral in 1959 and served his curacy and two incumbencies in that Diocese. In 1975 he moved to the Diocese of Worcester to become Vicar of St John in Bedwardine in Worcester then in 1985 he was invited to become Archdeacon of Worcester and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral, serving in those roles until his retirement in 1999.
Frank said: “I have had an extremely happy ministry and was a parish priest at a time when many of us saw our congregations grow. It has been a great privilege to be allowed to be and do for the whole of life just what you believed you were meant to be and do.”
Frank was evacuated from London to rural Somerset . He found his vocation very early at a time when ordination seemed an impossible dream for an ordinary village boy but in 1945 he was fortunate enough to be among the first children to pass the 11plus examination and so go to the grammar school – the dream became a real possibility and he is still exercising his ministry. He firmly believes that if God calls he will enable, hence for him this anniversary is a time to give thanks both for a God given vocation and for God’s enabling.
The celebration of Frank’s 60 years within the Priesthood takes place at a Sung Eucharist at Fladbury Church on Thursday 20 June at 7.30pm to which all are welcome.