Spencer Reece ’11 M.Div.
B.A. Wesleyan University 1985
M.A. University of York (England) 1988
M.T.S. Harvard University 1990
Reader, if you are reading this and wondering if you have made the right decision to come to Yale Divinity School, read on. My three years here changed me irrevocably. I came here at 45 as a rather unchurched person who at the age of 25 had once wanted to be a priest. But I was too young and my desire too vague to settle on ordination then. In my case, my faith needed to be carved by experience a bit more before I could commit to a clerical career. The shock of book publication, reconciliation with family, and a few reversals as well, all caught my attention, and I slowly began to recall what my early intentions had been. Back to school again? Could I manage it? Was I too old?
I had not been in school for nearly 20 years. I had been in retail. I had been an assistant manager. I could not focus in the library when I got here. I kept waiting for the phone to ring. Or I thought I needed to fold something. I was humbled by the academic rigor. I was challenged by the liturgical experience. To the older student, I would say: take a deep breath, you will learn from your young colleagues, be open, jump in, be yourself, your age and life is a gift to them. I feel a more authentic person now than when I came. I am more intent on listening to God's call for me. I feel informed, encouraged, loved, and, well, spoiled.
I come from the Episcopal diocese of Southeast Florida, and I wish to be a bilingual priest in Spanish and English. To achieve this goal I am moving to Spain by the fall. I will be ordained an Episcopal priest in Madrid, Spain, at Saint George's Cathedral, on Saint Michael & All Angels Feast Day, Sept. 29, by my bishop, Leo Frade. I will be working on the cathedral staff and will work there. Certainly not what I expected to write when I came here.