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Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.


‘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.

Bishop Joanna's Monthly Message

A new monthly series in which Bishop Joanna shares some thoughts about faith and life.

January 25th: The Feast of the Conversion of St Paul

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2022: The Year of Discipleship

This year - from Advent to Advent - has been designated by the Church in Wales - and by St Davids Diocese - as the Year of Discipleship. 2021 had prayer as its special focus and next year will be The Year of Pilgrimage.

There will be lots of events during the next twelve months and resources to help you engage.

2022 - The Year of Discipleship - introduction to Phase Two - January to Lent

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Take a look at our 2021 Year of Prayer page