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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’).

Episcopal

‘Episcopal’ refers to the role or ministry of a bishop. So an episcopal church is one in which oversight is entrusted to a bishop. Like many others, the Church in Wales is an episcopal church.

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Diocesan Elections

The College of Episcopal Electors

Episcopal Electors represent the Diocese on Electoral Colleges that elect Diocesan Bishops and the Archbishop.

The Diocese usually has three lay and three clerical electors at each college. There is also a supplemental list of members for when one of the others is unable to attend.

Members of the College are expected to maintain an oath of confidentiality about its discussions and proceedings.

Electors should be able to spend up to three full days (including overnight) for each college.

There will be an Electoral College for the new Bishop of Swansea and Brecon and for the Archbishop of Wales in 2021.

Further information about the Episcopal Electors

Please return Nomination Forms and Candidate Acceptance Forms by email to: elections.stdavids@churchinwales.org.uk by noon on 9 April 2021.

If you are unable to return the forms by email you may return them by post by noon on 9 April 2021:

Joint Secretaries

Diocesan Office

Abergwili

Carmarthen

SA31 2JG

ONLY MEMBERS OF DIOCESAN CONFERENCE ARE ABLE TO NOMINATE OR SECOND A NOMINEE.

THE OFFICE WILL CONTACT ALL NOMINATORS AND SECONDERS TO CONFIRM NOMINATIONS.

Ballot papers will be issued accordingly.