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Carmarthenshire priest set to star in TV series

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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A SINGLE mum from Carmarthenshire who trained to be a priest will star in a new television series.

Alex Grace, now assistant curate in Tenby, was one of a number of trainee priests who were followed around for a year by cameras at St Michael's College, Cardiff.

Her journey will be featured in Vicar Academy on BBC 1 Wales starting on Monday.

The cameras followed them into prisons to help offenders, to schools to lead assemblies, to hospitals to visit sick and dying people, on the streets to feed the homeless and to the seat of government to campaign.

The documentary captures the challenging varied life those called to ministry can expect today.

Alex, 41, who grew up in Penbre and was sent to train from the Cynwyl Elfed group of churches in the north of Carmarthen, is shown during her third and last year at the college.

The cameras followed her preparing for her ordination in the summer at St Davids Cathedral, being ordained and settling with her two children, Elizabeth, 11, and Hannah, 9, in her very first parish in Tenby.

She said: "The cameras were there on the first day of my last year at St Michael's, and my last day there too.

"I look forward — albeit with some degree of trepidation — to seeing the results of those hours of filming."

Vicar Academy starts on October 15 at 10.35pm on BBC 1 Wales.

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