Wesny Dubic is a first year residential student at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Central Florida. In August 2022 he became St. Thomas’s first Supported Seminarian.
Wesny’s Letter of Application
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
My name is Wesny Dubic. I am a member of the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke in Orlando. I have been a member since 2005. It has been a joy to worship and serve there. The spiritual formation received at the Cathedral is what shaped me to be the person I am today. For fifteen years, I have had the privilege and blessings to serve different functions at the Cathedral and in our community. I was born in Haiti and moved to the United States in 2000. My family used to attend the Cathedral Holy Trinity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. My spiritual journey is full of blessings, miracles, and forgiveness. A journey of which I genuinely believe that Jesus paved the way for me to get to this process.
Call to Ministry
My call to ministry has been something I have been fighting for many years. I have fought this call because I felt God could not use someone like me to further His gospel. Family, friends, and clergy members have asked me to think about ordination for years. I did not want to believe it because I am too much of a simple guy for God to want to use me. I talked myself into not paying attention to God’s call to me. I filled my head with thoughts such as, “I am a nobody. People would not want to follow me. People would not want to listen to what I have to say. God, you need people with a great education and great knowledge. I do not have anything to offer to your people”. church is a place I was always at home. I volunteered many duties for the church. When someone asked how you do it all, I replied, “when you love what you do, there is no time stamp on it.” Dean Clark said to me once, “Wes, maybe all these people telling you to think about ordination are God’s angels talking to you,” to which I replied, “I do not have anything to say to His people.” Three years ago, Bishop Brewer asked me to speak at our convention to give an update on our relationship with the Diocese of Honduras. Since I am the chairman of the Central Florida Honduras Commission, it is my job to answer such a call from the bishop. My anxiety and nervousness were at an all time high. I did not know what I would say to God’s people. So did what any Christians would do. I prayed for the right words and prepared my speech. When Bishop Brewer asked me to come up to the podium to speak during the convention, I prayed to God before moving forward. As I got in front of the stage with the Honduras Commission members, I said words that were never written in my speech. I spoke about the Jesus movement among both dioceses. The holy spirit strengthens to give an address that speaks volumes about our diocese’s deep connection to the diocese of Honduras. After my speech, I received a standing ovation from the delegates. At that moment, I realized, “I have something to say,” and said to God, “Ok, God! I am listening” To this day, I keep listening to His voice and pray so He can guide me to minister to the people.
Plan for service
To date, my service plan is as far as I see God’s role in my life. As of today, my main goal is to further His gospel into the world. Over the past three years, Rev. Soner and I have worked hard to build the French and Creole service at Church of the Messiah Winter Garden, FL. My ultimate goal is to offer this service for many more years in the Diocese of Central Florida. I am working diligently to make a difference in people’s lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, I am serving as the chairman of the Honduras Commission for our diocese. It is a joy for me to extend the gospel beyond our borders. We sent out over seven large boxes with clothes, shoes, and necessary items to reach the poor in hard-reach communities. I believe serving God must be the highest priority for an ordained person. If there was one aspect in life I do not want to fail at; it would be serving God the proper way. God gave me a gift. My gift is the ability to listen to people. Over the past decade, I could not understand why families, friends, and strangers felt safe sharing their personal stories with me. No matter how tragic the issue they were going through in life, most of them felt safe around me. Over the years, I have helped many people carry their burdens. Why do I do this? It’s because I always try to relate to them. If I was in the same situation, what would I need in this moment of pain or distress? Someone to listen to me. I believe this is a gift that my heavenly Father gave me. A gift to care for people. A gift to share their burden, pain, and sadness. I have learned to embrace this gift and cherish it. When Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Feed my lambs,” “Tend my sheep,” “Feed my sheep,” he wanted Simon Peter to be His hands and feet to the people. If my job is to listen to His people and care for them, then that is what I intend to do for His glory. I will continue to ask for prayers so I can have the courage and the strength to do His will among the people. We live in a world where many brothers and sisters are hurting internally. They are in search of the living water of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, finding the living water that Jesus Christ has to offer is getting harder. I expect to share the gospel the way Jesus Christ intended for it to be shared. I do not want any recognition. I do not wish for any applause. What sustains me? God’s message to His people.
In conclusion, after my psychological and medical evaluation, I will be officially a postulant for the Episcopal Diocese office of Central Florida. The plan is for me to start attending seminary in the fall of this year. After obtaining my Bachelor’s in business in May, seminary is the next chapter of my journey. I thank God for the guidance received from Dean Kidd, Rev. Justin Holcomb, Rev. Tom Rutherford, and Rev. Soner Alexandre. Each one of them has been a blessing in this process. Justin and I are working diligently to address and fill out any paperwork needed for my transition to a seminary. We are currently working on applying for grants and any financial support. Since I am single and do not have any kids, I hope to be able to go away for the duration of my formation.