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‘Bishop’ comes from the Greek word for ‘overseer’. So a bishop is a senior Christian minister authorised to have oversight for God’s people. As well as duties given to deacons and priests, bishops confirm and ordain.


‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

The Diocese of St Davids

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.

Diocesan Conference

Engagement with the Future

The 2020 Diocesan Conference, due to be held on October 3rd, was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

It will now be held via Zoom on Saturday April 24th 2021.

++PLEASE NOTE: The conference has been postponed for a week due to the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, which is to be held on April 17th+++

General information and conference papers are available for download from the Diocesan Conference page

Diocesan Elections

Diocesan Conference Members are asked to make nominations for elected positions on provincial and diocesan boards and committees. We hope that this will lead to wider representation across the diocese and encourage new people to become involved in the life of our church. We have several elections taking place this year.

All the information you need is here

2021: The Year of Prayer

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The next year has been designated by the Church in Wales - and by St Davids Diocese - as the Year of Prayer. Future years will be dedicated to discipleship and pilgrimage. That’s not to say, of course, that we only need to pray for a year! But 2021 will have prayer as its special focus.

Take a look at our Year of Prayer page

Bishop Joanna's Easter Message