Diocesan press releases

Bishop John welcomes worshippers to installation of canons

Bishop John welcomed worshippers to this afternoon’s collation and installation of canons at Brecon Cathedral, describing it as a “colourful, important ceremony”.

Those installed were:

  • Rev Canon Rowlands Edwards as Chancellor
  • Rev Canon Keith Evans as Treasurer
  • Rev Canon Dewi Robert as Precentor
  • Rev Canon Ian Rees to the Stall of Builth
  • Rev Melia Cope to the Stall of Melineth
  • Rev Phil Gwynn as Honorary Canon

Bishop John said: “This place, this cathedral, a place which has stood for over 900 years, is a place where there has been found teaching, a place where there has been found sacrament, scripture, prayer, and, I guess from time to time there has been too a fair share of condemnation and judgement of those who don’t come.

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“Let’s focus on what the place is here for. To be a place, yes, of liturgy, prayer and sacrament, but ultimately a place where God can be touched, a place where Christ can be found. A place from where people of God, disciples of Christ go out to find the lost and bring them in, bring them in and hopefully help them to find something, to turn them into pilgrims.

“All those surrounding me who will now be moving on to different offices in this place are not being given rosettes. They are here because they promise to participate in the outreach and witness of this place.

“They have roles to play elsewhere in their parishes but they are saying what they are trying to do there they will also try to do here, supporting the Dean as he seeks to develop the life, witness, welcome and learning of this place.”

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