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Bishop

‘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

‘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

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.

Climate Crisis: What's your question for the people in charge?

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The Church in Wales has declared a climate emergency. Explore how you can make a difference in your school, your community, Wales and the world. How can our actions make a difference to our neighbours across the world and help us to think about social justice?

Ffrindiau'r Byd is a new project for schools aimed at giving pupils a chance to have their say about what the future of our planet should look like for it is they who will have to live with the consequences of climate change.

Check out our resources

Enter our Climate Emergency Competition

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