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.
To our new lay ordinands
Retired tax inspectors, teachers, armed forces personnel and a former power station manager are among the first people in the diocese to be ordained as new Self-Supporting (Local) Ministers.
In all, eleven men and women will be ordained in a special service in St Davids Cathedral on Saturday September 27th
The new posts have been created as the diocese evolves new structures as part of the Growing Hope strategy for growth
We wish them well. Please pray for them as they embark on their new journeys.
MINISTRY SHARE UPDATE
Good news from the Diocesan Board of Finance!
Ministry Share payments for next year are to be reduced by 6.4%
The Board has also agreed that individual parishes in grouped benefices will be responsible for prompt payment of their ministry share, rather than the benefice as a whole.
The reduction has been made possible thanks to a legacy worth £2.6 million left to the DBF by a wealthy former parishioner, Mrs Hazel Jones-Olszewski.
Hazel was born and raised in the Amman Valley and attended St David’s Church, Saron, near Ammanford, as a girl. And although she spent most of her adult life in London, she never forgot her roots.
Hazel died in January 2013 and bequeathed the money “for charitable church purposes”.
Parishes, organisations and individuals were invited in March 2014 to send in suggestions as to how the money should be best used for the benefit of the diocese as a whole and as a lasting memorial.
DIOCESAN CONFERENCE 2014: LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD
This year’s conference will focus on Ministry, as the diocesan strategy for growth, Growing Hope, gathers momentum
A series of presentations, followed by Q&A sessions, will gauge progress in a number of key areas: Self Supporting Ministry (Local), Lay ministry and Local Ministry Areas
Conference also hopes to welcome the Bishop of Bukavu to launch an agreement linking the Congolese diocese with St Davids
The conference takes place on Saturday October 4th at the University of Trinity St David campus in Lampeter.
FOLLOWING ST DAVID’S FOOTSTEPS
Bishop Wyn’s three-year journey to visit every parish – and every church – in the diocese is now well under way.
As he travels, he is recording his experiences in a Bishop’s Blog, meeting and celebrating with congregations everywhere he goes