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.
CELEBRATING OUR NEW BISHOP…AND 20 YEARS OF WOMEN’S PRIESTLY MINISTRY
…consecrated (January 21) in Llandaff Cathedral
CELEBRATING A 17th CENTURY REFUGEE
A new display on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library at Aberystwyth University marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Bishop Jeremy Taylor, one of the leading religious authors of the 17c, who completed much of his most significant writing while sheltered by the Vaughan family at Golden Grove in Carmarthenshire in the period after the Civil War.
Works on display include contemporary editions of Holy Living and Holy Dying, two of his most popular books, in print for two centuries or more, along with Ductor Dubitantium from 1660 and Unum Necessarium from 1655 and an edition of Golden Grove from 1680.
There are also some interesting illustrations in Taylor’s early work by a significant 17c engraver Pierre Lombart (1613-1681).
Holy Dying includes a memento mori which may be a representation of the Earl and Countess of Carbery who provided shelter for Taylor at Golden Grove.
The exhibition will be open to the public from January 26th – April 30th
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
The National Churches Trust is offering funding support for church projects that, on the one hand, help maintain the fabric of listed buildings and, on the other, enable new innovative ways of using them.
Maintenance Grants ***new***
A pilot programme offering match funding for small, urgent repairs and maintenance for listed buildings
Marsh Awards for Innovative Church Projects: a competition to find the Christian congregations running the most innovative community activities in a church building which have been made possible by the installation of new facilities in the last five years such as meeting spaces, kitchens, toilets or improved access.
2017: YEAR OF LEGENDS
Visit Wales has declared 2017 to be the Year of Legends – and churches are urged to get involved.
“In 2017 Wales’ rich and distinctive history and culture, one of our greatest assets, will be reimagined, retold and rediscovered,” they say
“We’ll shed new light on the stories that made us who we are, and uncover new ones that will inspire future generations. We’ll put our past in a new light, and explore collaborations that engage and excite.”