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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.


‘Deacon’ comes the Greek word for ‘servant’. Deacons in the Church in Wales have special roles within worship such as proclaiming the gospel. Traditionally, deacons have had responsibility for social care. Deacons often go on to be ordained priest.


‘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’).

Home Prayer Vocations Calling Conversations

Calling Conversations

Chaplaincy - 27th April

Our first "Calling Conversation" focused on Chaplaincy.

Panellists included:

  • Revd Delyth Liddell (Cardiff University)
  • Revd Andrew Webster (St David's Hospice)
  • Revd Rachel Lewis ( Cardiff and Vale UHB)
  • Revd Bryony Davis ( Church of England Chaplain at HMP Leyhill)

Pioneers - 25th May

Our second "Calling Conversation" focused on Pioneer Ministry.

Panellists included:

  • David Harrigan (Pioneer Curate)
  • Jo Howie (Lay Pioneer Missioner)
  • Debbie Peck (Pioneer Youth Worker, Diocese of Bangor)
  • Jon Price (Pioneer, Diocese of Bangor)
  • Susie Tempelton (Assistant Pioneer Curate, St John the Evangelist, Woodley)

Ordained Ministry - 29th June

Our third "Calling Conversation" focused on Ordained Ministry.

Panellists included:

  • Bishop Cherry Vann
  • Brother Oswin CR (Superior)
  • Canon Mark Clavier, Brecon Cathedral
  • Revd Mandy East, newly ordained deacon

Licensed Lay Ministry - 27th July

Our fourth "Calling Conversation" focused on Licensed Lay Ministry.

Panellists included:

  • Sarah Rosser
  • Paul Stafford
  • Jim Thompson

Vocations in the Workplace - 28th September

Our fifth "Calling Conversation" focused on vocations in the workplace.

Panellists included:

  • Darren Millar MS - Member of the Welsh Parliament for Clwyd West
  • Penny Heard - Operational Director of the Highveld Anglican Board of Social Responsiblity
  • Ian Loynd - Headteacher of St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School

Spiritual Directors - 19th October

Our sixth "Calling Conversation" focused on spiritual directors.

Panellists included:

  • Constantina Alexander, Third Order Franciscan Area Minister for Wales.
  • Revd Jane Butler, Spirituality Coordinator for Monmouth
  • Revd Martyn Evans, Vicar of Llangynwyd w Maesteg
  • Ruth Holgate, Director at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre

If you would like further information on spiritual direction or to request a Spiritual Director - you can contact Revd Jane Butler (Diocesan Spirituality Coordinator)

Training Experiences - 23rd November

Our seventh "Calling Conversation" focused on training experiences.

Panellists included:

  • Revd Emma Ackland, Ordained Deacon
  • Revd Prof Jeremy Duff, Principal of St Padarn's
  • Darren Lynch, Training for Priesthood
  • Marcus Pipe, Training for NSM Priesthood