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From Archbishop Chaplain to Cathedral Canon

Revd Mark Dimond (2) (003)

A cleric who has served as chaplain to the Archbishop of Wales has been appointed as Residentiary Canon for St Woolos Cathedral, Newport.

The Revd Dr Mark Dimond, who has served in the Llandaff Diocese since his ordination in 2011, moves to the Monmouth Diocese where he will join the cathedral team led by Dean Lister Tonge.

Revd Mark, says: “It is only a short hop across from Cardiff to Newport, but I am very much looking forward to working in Cardiff’s neighbouring city.

“It is a real privilege joining St Woolos Cathedral and to be part of its continued spiritual life down the ages. I eagerly anticipate meeting and working with clergy and laity in the Diocese of Monmouth as well as exploring further links in Newport and the diocese at large.

“Since childhood I have moved around the world, so this will be one of the shortest moves I have made! I am also a little closer to my favourite mountain, the Skirrid, which I climb every year.”

Ordained in 2011 after training at St Michael’s College, Cardiff, Mark served as chaplain to the former Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, who retired in January, for nearly three years. Before that he served as assistant curate in the benefice of All Saints Penarth for two-and-a-half years.

He previously taught history at Cardiff, Swansea and Glamorgan universities and was also an examiner for the International Baccalaureate.

The son of a diplomat, Mark was born in Japan and lived abroad for much of the first 30 years of his life, latterly working as a marketing manager for an international company. The countries he lived in included Sweden, Czechoslovakia, France, Russia and Hungary and he can speak French, Czech and Russian.

He is married to Samantha, a marketing executive, and the couple have three children, Eleanor, Benedict and Catrin. His hobbies include walking and tennis.

Welcoming Mark to Monmouth, Bishop Richard Pain, says: “Mark comes with a wide-breadth of knowledge and will be a great asset in the areas of Discipleship, Outreach and Pastoral Care. Mark’s previous experience has been in teaching and marketing and he has spent some time abroad, mainly in Europe and Japan. Mark will be joining the Cathedral team, led by Dean Lister Tonge.

“We wish Mark, his wife, Sam, and his family every blessing as they prepare for this move.”

Revd Mark will be licensed and installed in his new role on June 18 at St Woolos Cathedral, at 6.30pm. All are welcome.