Photo shows Rev Heidi Prince kneeling before the Bishop to receive her licence. The Diocesan Registrar is in the background.
When the Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Revd Richard Pain, licensed the new Priest-in-charge of Llantilio Crossenny group of parishes on 12th March, it was a case of ‘Welcome back, Vicar’!
Revd Heidi Prince was priest-in-charge of the parishes until she left for hospital chaplaincy. Now she has returned and says:
“It’s great to be back! When Bishop Richard suggested that there might be an opportunity for me to return to my previous ‘patch’, I could not have been more delighted. The warmth and friendliness of the welcome I have received has left me feeling very humbled and blessed. My appointment feels like something of a homecoming—though I’m no longer the ‘young’ vicar, I am now the ‘old’ vicar!
“It’s a lovely time of year to arrive here too. Lambing is in full throttle, and the signs of spring are everywhere. In my heart I have always been a country parish priest. Rural areas are not just the bits between towns and cities, but are communities where people work and live, and which bring their own unique challenges; where the Gospel is lived out and God’s love is shown in so many ways.
“During my time away from parish ministry I worked alongside some very gifted and dedicated people in the hospital chaplaincy team. I found this work immensely rewarding, and a real privilege; and I hope to use some of the ethos of chaplaincy in my role as a parish priest.”
Welcoming Heidi, the Bishop said, “It is so good to welcome Heidi back into parish ministry and it says a great deal that she is able to return to her former congregations and be so well received! I am reminded that at the heart of pastoral ministry is the flourishing of relationships and Heidi is very much a people person. Her caring nature, good humour and love of God will enable her to build up a team and with them serve the church and community. I wish her every blessing for the future.”