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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’).


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Dean of Newport

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The Bishop of Monmouth wishes to appoint a new Dean of Newport following the retirement of the Very Revd Lister Tonge.

The new Dean will be expected to lead the life and work of St Woolos Cathedral in Newport, developing the Cathedral’s ministry and sharing the oversight of the Church’s mission in the varied contexts of our diocese.

We are looking for an experienced priest who

  • is resourceful, creative and a team player as well as team leader
  • is able to relate the good news in an engaging way in a variety of social contexts as well as the public square
  • has proven ability to build effective relationships both inside and outside the Church and develop partnership-working to further its mission
  • has emotional intelligence and wisdom

Profile and Application Form

Applications should be submitted by email to:

or posted to:

The Bishop of Monmouth

Bishopstow, Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4EA

Closing date for applications:

Friday 9th October 2020