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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’).


Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. It is a particular time to confess sin and to seek personal and collective renewal (a ‘springtime of the spirit’). Lent has a special focus on Jesus’s journey to the cross and prepares the Church to celebrate his resurrection.


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.

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

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Follow Bishop Joanna's daily reflections for Lent

Listed Places of Worship Scheme Renewed

The Government has announced that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be renewed this year, operating on the same terms as previously.
This is the scheme which allows listed places of worship to claim a sum equal to VAT which has been paid on repairs and alterations. It was due to cease running at the end of this financial year.

In a parliamentary written answer, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nigel Huddlestone, said: " This scheme will continue to benefit listed places of worship across the country during these difficult times. It will also help to ensure that they are able to reopen fully once it is safe to do so."


New dates for Safeguarding training have been arranged. The training is still on zoom for the time being and is in 2 parts.

Part 1

Monday 8th March 10am

Wednesday 10th March 10am

Thursday 11th March 2pm

Monday 15th March 2pm

Wednesday 17th March

Part 2

Friday 19th March 2pm

Monday 22nd March 2pm

Wednesday 24th March 10am

Monday 29th March 2pm

Wednesday 31st March 10am

To book any of these dates email safeguardingtraining@stpadarns.ac.uk