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.
MEET OUR 2016 ORDINANDS
Twenty-five people are to be ordained by the Diocese of St Davids at the end of June.
Thirteen new priests and twelve new deacons will take their vows at the annual ordination ceremonies over the weekend of 25/26th. We wish them well. Please pray for them as they embark on the next stage of their journey.
Tir Dewi, since its launch in August 2015, and even though still in its infancy, has extended a listening ear and a hand of support to many farmers over the wet winter months. Canon Eileen Davies, Diocesan Rural Affairs Adviser, provides this update in the new edition of Pobl Dewi, out now:
YES, as we now enjoy the spring sunshine you would begin to think that problems would be on the decline, but, unfortunately, due to an uncertain and volatile dairy industry, a decrease per litre in milk price every month, and continued escalating invoices to pay, the need for someone to talk to is growing.
Spring lambs are in the markets, but price per kilo has not, to date, peaked at a high enough level to make the long lambing hours worthwhile. Ever the pessimistic farmer, if I don’t moan about the weather, the market prices seem to be the subject of the day, or the increasing paper load and bureaucracy that weigh heavily upon our shoulders.
Tir Dewi was specifically set up to lend a confidential listening ear and a hand of support to farmers, ready to offer direction in resolving problems, as we truly believe every farmer is an individual and every challenge requires a resolution.
Tir Dewi has secured financial funding for the coming three years, and the next step is to appoint a part-time co-ordinator to steer this organisation to meet the demands set by the needs of our farmers, incorporating networking with the agencies already working in our rural areas, and raising the profile of Tir Dewi.
A small team of passionate and dedicated volunteers is currently being trained to support farmers, so that their skill and knowledge will sustain them in the environment in which they will be asked to work.
If you think you have the time and skill to lend a listening ear, and would like further information, please contact me on 07814272998.
There is an answer to every problem.
Mae Tir Dewi yn barod i gynorthwyo ffermwyr mewn argyfwng, yn barod i estyn clust
cyfrinachol i wrando, yn barod i ddangos y ffordd ymlaen drwy broblem. Mae pob ffermwr yn unigolyn, a phob her angen ei ddatrus, dyma amcan Tir Dewi, yno i ateb bob problem.
FOLLOWING ST DAVID’S FOOTSTEPS
Bishop Wyn’s three-year journey to visit every parish – and every church – in the diocese is now into its final few months.
So far, his pilgrimage has taken him to 302 of our 330 churches during 81 different visits.
As he travels, he is recording his experiences in a Bishop’s Blog, meeting and celebrating with congregations everywhere he goes