Diocesan press releases

Ordinations this weekend!

The Diocese of Monmouth will be celebrating the ordination of two new deacons and seven new priests this weekend.

St Woolos Cathedral will undoubtedly be packed with family and friends all wishing our clerics the best as they embark on this next exciting chapter of their journey.

The Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Reverend Richard Pain, said: “It is always a privilege to be part of the journey of new priests and deacons. Our ordinands come from a variety of backgrounds and each bring different strengths and gifts. We pray God’s blessing on this group as they take this important step to the next stage of their ministry helping fulfil the mission of the church.”

Ordinations take place at Newport Cathedral on Saturday 24 June at 10.30am (Priests) and Sunday 25 June, 3pm (Deacons)

Being ordained are:


Ross Maidment, Rhymney

Ross came to the anglican faith whilst studying at Oxford University and is now called to stipendiary ministry in the Ministry Area in East Cardiff.

Bob Greenland, Usk Ministry Area

Bob is a retired businessman and is a Monmouth County Councillor. He is called to local ordained ministry in Usk.


Rev Andrew Dawson – Llantilio Crossenny and Penrhos with Llanvetherine and Llanvapley

Andrew is a recently retired consultant in the National Health Service and has now been called to local ordained ministry in the Abergavenny Ministry Area.

Rev Rick Hayes – Mathern group – also industrial chaplain to Tata Steel

After many years working at Tata Steel, Rick has recently been appointed as its Chaplain. He will continue to serve in local ordained ministry in Mathern, near Chepstow.

Rev Stephen Smith – Goetre Fawr Group

Stephen is now retired, but spent his working life in engineering factories. He has experience as a Licensed Reader, but is now called to ordained ministry.

Rev Sam Helkvist – Newport East

Sam works as an IT consultant and, as a non-stipendiary minister, will continue to look after the church of St Tielo, Newport.

Rev Dean Roberts – Bedwas with Machen with Michaelston-y-Fedw with Rudry

Dean is the youngest of those being ordained. Prior to training, Dean worked at St Paul’s in Newport as Pastoral Assistant and then later as Associate Lay Pastor. He studied for ministry at Trinity College Bristol.

Rev Frances Jones – All Saints, Brynglas

Frances is now retired, but has been a laboratory technician and owned her own business. Frances has been an experienced Licensed Reader but is now called to local ordained ministry in the North Newport Ministry Area.

Rev Jeffrey Pearse – Abergavenny

Jeff is a retired pharmacist. He has considerable experience as a Licensed Reader, but is now called to ordained ministry.