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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.


People are understandably asking about plans for re-opening churches. The  Bench of Bishops has issued the following statement:

  • Detailed discussions are taking place with Welsh Government over the possible re-opening of churches led by the Archbishop with the inter-faith forum
  • A protocol for re-opening is being developed by Welsh Government in the context of the specific legislative context in Wales
  • This protocol will inform guidance from the Church in Wales on how churches can be re-opened safely.  This guidance will be a practical tool to help you plan your future opening and mitigate risks of transmission of Covid-19.  The guidance will centre on procedures for social distancing, hygiene and premises cleaning.
  • When the law permits, we envisage a gradual opening of churches based on a clear demonstration of compliance with the protocol and guidance – our primary concern is for the health of those that will use our churches again

Daily prayer with Bishop Joanna

Morning Prayer Saturday June 6th

News and events

News and events from St Davids Diocese.

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