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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’).

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.


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’).

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Pobl Dewi: December 2020

Walking alongside older people

Anna Chaplains are coming to St Davids Diocese. Sophie Whitmarsh explains who they are and how they can help. Find out more

Diocesan News

MBE for Archdeacon Eileen

The Venerable Eileen Davies, Archdeacon of Cardigan, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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St Peter’s goes digital

St Peter's Church in Carmarthen is the first church in the diocese, other than the cathedral, to install a contactless donations terminal

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Plant Dewi's "transformative" award

Plant Dewi, the St Davids diocesan family support project, has won a 2020 Weston Pilotlight Award

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A harvest service with a difference

An interdenominational drive-in harvest service proved to be "a huge success". Shirley Murphy enjoyed leading it

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Yesterday, today and for ever

The Light of the world and the power of prayer Bishop Joanna writes

Meanwhile, back at the office...

Working through it From the Diocesan Secretary

The view from St Padarn's

Shaping our future: Can doctrine inspire? J-D Laurence asks the question

Carbon-crunching for Christ

Marcus Zipperlen, Diocesan Creation Care and Sustainability Officer, suggests ways in which we can all contribute to care of creation Read more

Ordination in a global pandemic

Lorna Jones was ordained in June. She reflects on the experience and sets out on her future Read more

Busy but not overwhelmed

On the foodbank front line Read more

Cathedral & Communications

Libraries' Week at St Davids Cathedral

A big [virtual] turnout Read more

How a history book made history

Church centenary finally celebrated at Friends' AGM Read more

The sky's the limit

Why you need your own personal Blog Read more

Pilgrimage and Retreat

Ffald y Brenin - Sheepfold of the King

Refreshed and refurbished Read more

Tŷ’r Pererin

Growing together in a time of social distancing A virtual pilgrimage

An armchair pilgrim

Lyn Dafis thinks about the pleasure of the virtual pilgrim Where will you go?

Faith Tourism

Ancient Connections...

...and a contemporary collaboration Read the latest

All ye who pass by

Llanwnda's Holy Well comes back to life Read more

Talley Valley treasure

Caroline Evans visits an ancient Welsh powerhouse Read more

Focus: Voices from the land

Wyn Maskell introduces himself as the new Diocesan Rural Affairs Adviser

Down to earth

A blessing in plain sight

Protecting family farms FUW Head of Policy Nick Fewnwick's view

Ambitious but achievable

Zero carbon emissions by 2040? That's the NFU's goal

Farmers helping farmers

The success of Tir Dewi, the diocesan farming support service, is to be lauded. However, the fact it is needed at all should give us pause for thought Read more


Jack Evershed feels privileged to work on the land and urges consumers to consider where their food comes from Read more

Clynfyw Care Farm

A multi-faceted winner Read more

Living out the Dream

What is it that keeps us going when the rain is lashing down and the wind is blowing? Lynn Beard explains

Keeping it local

Food resilience will soon become an imperative. Will there be enough locally produced food for the population? Read more

Local food and the circular economy

The story of Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture Read more

The go-to Plaice

Seafood from Ceredigion Meet Craig and Rhiannon

Christmas Reflections

The one constant

Archdeacon Paul Mackness reflects on the coming of the Christ Child into our pandemic-weary world

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The true meaning of Christmas

Archdeacon Dorrien Davies recalls past Christmases and considers this year’s celebration

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International Eye

Saving sight in Yemen

In one corner of a country ravaged by war, interfaith collaboration brings hope to the poor Read more

Lebanon latest

Living in the twilight zone Read more


The search for stability Read more

The Enchanted Lake

A friendship formed from a picture book Viv Sayer recalls her Yemeni links

Transformed by faith

Shirley Murphy recalls the life of a remarkable woman Read more

Sponsor a Baby Bundle this Christmas

Help Plant Dewi make a difference Find out how

On a lighter note

The nightmare before Christmas

Polly's pumpkin predicament Read more

Diary of a retired parson

Jonathan's bete-noir - bats! Read more

The bear facts

Viv Sayer's award-winning passion Read more

Are you learning Welsh? Do you need a helping hand?

Read, learn, write!

Book Reviews

A New History of the Church in Wales

The first 100 years Bishop Joanna's review

Leading a church to maturity

Everyone brings something to the tablke Jeremy Martineau's review


A new interpretation [written in Welsh] Lyn Dafis' review

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