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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.


‘Deacon’ comes the Greek word for ‘servant’. Deacons in the Church in Wales have special roles within worship such as proclaiming the gospel. Traditionally, deacons have had responsibility for social care. Deacons often go on to be ordained priest.


‘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’).


‘Priest’ comes from the Greek word for ‘elder’. Priests in the Church in Wales are those authorised specifically to proclaim forgiveness of sins, preside at the Eucharist and bless God’s people, as well as other responsibilities.

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.

Ordinations 2021 Part One

Saturday June 26th: Congratulations to the eight people who were ordained on this day in the first of two Ordination services at St Davids Cathedral

2021 Ordinations Group Photo [Sat June 26]

[L-R] Archdeacon Paul Mackness, Revd Preb. Paula Hollingsworth (Preacher), Revd Hannah Karpaty (ordained Deacon), Revd Canon Rhiannon Johnson (Director of Ministry), Revd Kristie Griffiths (ordained Priest), Revd Seamus Hargrave (ordained Deacon), Bishop Wyn Evans, Revd Liz Rowe (ordained Priest), Revd Anne Beman (ordained Priest), Revd Jordan Spencer (ordained Priest), Revd Robert Wilkinson (ordained Priest), Dean Sarah Rowland Jones, Revd Frances Coxon-Hall (ordained Deacon), Revd Shirley Murphy (Bishop Joanna's Chaplain)

2021 Ordinations 2 [Saturday June 26th]

2021 Ordinations Group 2 [Saturday June 26th]

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Ordinations 2021 - Part Two

Sunday June 27th: Congratulations to the eight people ordained this day at St Davids Cathedral

Ordinations Group [Sunday June 27th 2021]

(L-R) Archdeacon Dorrien Davies, Archdeacon Paul Mackness, Revd David Bolton (ordained Deacon), Revd Robert Moore (ordained Priest), Revd Carmen Mills (ordained Deacon), Revd Nick Barroccu (ordained Priest), Revd Brenda Rigg (ordained Deacon), Bishop Wyn Evans, Revd Jean Voyle Williams (ordained Priest), Revd Canon Rhiannon Johnson (Director of Ministry), Revd Lorna Bradley (ordained Priest), Revd Heulwen Evans (ordained Priest), Arwel Davies (Diocesan Registrar), Dean Sarah Rowland Jones, Revd Preb. Paula Hollingsworth (Preacher), Archdeacon Eileen Davies, Revd Canon Leigh Richardson (Sub-Dean), Archdeacon Mones Farah

Ordination of Priests 2021 [Sunday June 27]

Ordination of Deacons 2021 [Sunday June 27th]

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


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

2021: The Year of Prayer

Year of Prayer Logo [Green+Blue]

This 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