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Anglicans form the family of Christians closely related to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whilst tracing their inheritance back to Christ and the earliest Christians and to the ancient Roman Catholic church, the sixteenth century Reformation was a crucial moment for Anglicanism.


‘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’).


‘Eucharist’ comes from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’. At the Eucharist the Church remembers Jesus’ last supper where he gave bread and wine to be his body and blood, a sign of his saving love. See also Holy Communion.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


‘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.

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Pobl Dewi: June 2020


From the Bishop

This is an edition of Pobl Dewi like no other... Read on

From the Editor

Unprecedented times demand unprecedented measures... Read on

Bishop & Diocese

Coronavirus, the DBF, the Diocese and you

Locked down, but logged on Read the Diocesan Secretary's report

Diocesan Conference

Any questions? The Conference Secretary's invitation

Appointments: Ordinations

Who's who when the time is right Our new Priests and Deacons

Covid & Creation

Marcus Zipperlen, Diocesan Creation Care and Sustainability Officer, considers what the long term impacts of the pandemic on the health of our planet might be Read more

Lay Development

A dystopian future or a brave new world? Robb Wainwright, Diocesan Lay Development Officer, considers how training can be delivered once the lockdown has ended Read more

St Padarn's: Responding to the unexpected

Future leaders of the church will be well-equipped to respond to situations such as the current lockdown, says J-D Laurence, St Padarn’s Tutor in St Davids Diocese Read more

Cathedral & Tourism

Cathedral Library

St Davids Cathedral Library is closed to the public during the pandemic, but Mari James, Cathedral Library Development Officer, is welcoming more visitors than ever Read more, like they are

Exploring Churches

Now is the time to get your church details on the Explore Churches website, says Caroline Evans, the Diocese Faith Tourism Officer Explore

Welcoming visitors in Fishguard

St Mary’s Church is the second most-visited place in Fishguard. Jeremy Martineau finds much to celebrate from the latest survey of visitors to the town Read more

Hidden gems

For the next in her series of little gems, Caroline Evans, in lockdown, writes from memory about a nearby church she knows well Read more

Around the Diocese

Tir Dewi

Tom Kendall, a college student, describes how he supports Tir Dewi in Ceredigion Read more

Echoes of a Good Samaritan

Volunteering as a hospital transport driver can be so rewarding Read more

Where are they going? Why are they going?

Bell ringers do not always stay for services, to the dismay of some worshippers. Anne Bunker, Diocesan Bellringing Guild Master, feels the need to explain Read more

Treasure at Strata Florida

Many people know of the little church of Ystrad Fflur (Strata Florida) and its connection with the Cistercian monastic order. But there's a special treasure in the church from an era after Henry VIII dissolved the monastery. Philip Wyn Davies explains Read more

History at Little Newcastle

As St Peter's Church waits to celebrate another anniversary, Richard Davies explains the what, the why...and the when Read more

Cameras at Llanfihangel Rhos-y-Corn

Caroline Evans, a Church Warden, muses on the results of getting your church online Read more

We'll meet again...

Every Thursday evening, members of the newly-formed Cwrdda Choir in Llanwrda have been standing outside their homes and thanking the NHS by singing songs from their repertoire! Read more

Technology and imagination to the rescue

Our buildings may be closed, but Brynamman Sunday School is still alive! Read more

God moves in mysterious ways

One of the saddest moments in a church’s life is when it has to close. Paul Boyle knows, having been the Priest in Charge of such a church, but he relates how some much-loved items from Marros Church have now found a new home Read more Watch Cor Cwrdda in action!


On 5th February, there was a special celebration in the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen: the PACCD birthday party. Rhian Morgan explains

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Stephen Owen, award winning artist, designer and craftsman in wood, was asked to make a lectern for St Matthew’s Church, Borth. He explains the inspiration and design process for the work

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At St Ishmael’s Church, Monk Haven, near Haverfordwest, on Sunday 8th March, Bishop Joanna presided and preached at a Eucharist Service of re-dedication after the completion of extensive renovations of the ancient building. The Bishop joined Revd Gaynor Ford and the large congregation afterwards for the annual Snowdrop Tea in the church.

Around the world

Fighting on two fronts

Roger Dirokpa, from our Companion Diocese of Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports on the effects of Covid-19 and the resurgence of Ebola Read more

Doorstep School

A country’s development can be measured by its literacy rate. Shirley Murphy reports on an initiative that provides tuition to disadvantaged children in Mumbai, India Read more

A new province with Welsh connections

As Wales celebrates a century of being a province in its own right, this year sees the inauguration of a new province in the Anglican Communion that has at its head a bishop who was trained in Wales. Read more

On a lighter note

Diary of a retired parson

A new regular column by Jonathan Copus No flocculating!

Diary of a Parson's wife

‘The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry’, as Polly Zipperlen finds during lockdown at the Rectory A pandemic of disarray

In my view

Traditional hymns remain meaningful and uplifting, as long as we use common sense, argues Anthony Wintle Hymns ain't what they used to be!

Book reviews

The Long, the short and the tall

Obituaries of some Community of the Resurrection brethren Read more

Sleeping Letters

Loss, grief, love and peace Read more

Time to Act

Climate change – we can all make a difference Read more