Diocesan press releases

Ordination celebrations!

It was standing room only at St Woolos’ Cathedral on Saturday (23 June) as friends and family filled the beautiful building to support loved ones at the annual Petertide Ordination Service.

Three new deacons and two priests were ordained during the special service, marking the 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.”

Those ordained were:


 Matt Davis – Cyncoed  

Matt has been working as Hub Leader for The Lab in Alway, Newport, for the last few years and has been studying as a pioneer ordinand in Oxford with the Church Mission Society and Ripon College, Cuddeston.

Sally Ingle-Gillis – Wentwood

Alongside raising a family, Sally has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist – working with people with disabilities and has also held a number of volunteer positions. She has been studying at St Padarns and has been called to ministry in Wentwood.  

Steven Blewett – Newport, Christchurch

Steven has been called to ministry in Christchurch, Newport. 


Reverend Ross Maidment, Rumney

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

Reverend Bob Greenland, Usk Ministry Area

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