HE IS now in holy orders but the members of St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church in Spalding still regard him as just plain Dennis.
More than 400 people packed inside the church last Sunday for the ordination service of Rev Dennis Brady who officially becomes a Roman Catholic deacon on October 1.
His new role includes visiting the sick and housebound, taking part in weddings, funerals and Mass celebrations in Spalding and Holbeach.
Mr Brady said: “I never thought I’d have a position as a deacon, but I know now it’s for real and I’ve never been so happy.
“I was nervous about the role until I spoke at a Mass on Monday and then I felt totally different.
“The welcome I’ve had from the community has been unbelievable and apart from my wedding day and having four children, Sunday was the happiest day of my life.”
The service was led by the Bishop of Nottingham, the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon, and included an emotional moment when Mr Brady was dressed in his official clothes by his wife, Mary, and his children.
Mr Brady (67), of Pennygate, Spalding, has been an active member of St Norbert’s since 1994.
He was once a musician in an Irish country music band but as parish priest Father James Burke said, Mr Brady “now has to learn to sing a different song.”