Welcome to the Diocese of St Davids, named after Wales’ patron saint whose cathedral in Pembrokeshire is one of the jewels of the nation. The diocese also covers the counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire including the western industrial valleys and the town of Llanelli.
TRIBUTES PAID TO BISHOP HUW JONES
The former Bishop of St Davids, Rt Revd Huw Jones, has died, aged 82
The recently retired Bishop of St Davids, Wyn Evans, paid tribute to his predecessor: “Bishop Huw’s approachability, scholarship and abilities were much appreciated in the Diocese of St Davids. Our thoughts and prayers are with [his wife] Gwyneth and his family at this sad time,” he said.
The Archbishop, Dr Barry Morgan, said he was “deeply saddened” by Bishop Huw’s passing.
“He served the Church excellently as a theological teacher, priest, dean and bishop and was at the forefront of ecumenical affairs in the Province,” he added.
The funeral will be in Llandaff Cathedral at Noon on Monday October 31st
VACANCY IN SEE
His final engagement – on his 70th birthday – was at a service in the cathedral where he laid his crozier and the Diocesan Cope and Mitre on the High Altar, at the end of Evensong, marking the end of his episcopal ministry for the Diocese.
The search for his successor now begins and will culminate in the first week of November when the Electoral College meets behind locked doors to choose the new bishop.
Please pray for Bishop Wyn and his wife Diane as they embark on the next part of their life’s journey.
The current edition of Pobl Dewi features an in-depth interview with Bishop Wyn prior to his retirement.
He talks frankly about the challenges he faced entering a role he never expected to have, about what he feels he has achieved and what the future may hold.
ALL CHANGE AT THE ALTAR: BAPTISM TO BE THE ONLY REQUIREMENT FOR TAKING COMMUNION
“We believe that God calls us all into fellowship with Jesus…all are welcome at His table whether they are taking their first steps of faith or have been part of the Church family for some time.”
The Bench of Bishops has announced that, with effect from Advent Sunday, everyone who has been baptised can participate fully in Holy Communion, regardless of their age or whether they have been confirmed.
The news came in a Pastoral Letter handed out to members of the Governing Body at their meeting in Lampeter and was warmly and widely welcomed.
Copies of the letter, together with guidance notes and practical advice for clergy and congregations, are being sent to all parishes.
FIVE WEEKS TO ACT: CHURCHES RENTING OUT PROPERTY MUST REGISTER FOLLOWING LAW CHANGE
Churches that rent out property, such as tied cottages, have until November 23rd to register under a new scheme introduced last year
The Housing (Wales) Act requires all landlords to register with Rent Smart Wales and obtain a licence if your answer to these questions is Yes:
- Do you own a property in Wales that you don’t live in?
- Do you allow someone else to live in that property (as their main residence), and do they pay you money to live there?
- Is the property rented on an assured, assured shorthold or regulated tenancy?
Not sure? Check with the Diocesan Office
FOLLOWING IN ST DAVID’S FOOTSTEPS
Bishop Wyn’s three-year pilgrimage to visit every parish – and every church – in the diocese reached its final destination in the week before he retired.
There were 90 different visits, taking in all 330 of our churches and – more importantly – their ministers and congregations.
Along the way, he recorded his experiences in a Bishop’s Blog, describing his thoughts, feelings and impressions.
Watch our slide show presentation featuring some of of the highlights: