Archbishop John to be enthroned in Brecon Cathedral next month

The new Archbishop of Wales will be enthroned next month.

Bishop John was elected as the 13th Archbishop of Wales in September and his enthronement will take place at a national service in Brecon Cathedral on December 2.

During the service, Archbishop John will be placed in the Archiepiscopal chair (or throne) by the Bishop of Bangor, the Senior Bishop, who will then present him to the congregation. The Archiepiscopal chair is a wooden replica of the Chair of St Augustine in Canterbury Cathedral, and was a gift from the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1920 when, at its disestablishment, the Church in Wales became a separate Province of the Anglican Communion. The chair will remain at Brecon Cathedral throughout Archbishop John’s tenure of office as Archbishop.

The enthronement service, which begins at 2pm, will be led by the Dean of Brecon, Dr Paul Shackerley. Archbishop John will give the address.

The occasion is important, not only for the Church in Wales itself, and because of this, a cross-section of people, from across the churches and wider Welsh society will be formally invited. Although seating in the Cathedral is limited, a number of extra tickets is being made available on application, so that as many people as possible who would like to attend will have the opportunity to do so.

Applications for those extra tickets should be made either by post or e-mail by Friday, 17 November to either:

‘Enthronement’, The Diocesan Office, The Cathedral Close, Brecon, LD3 9DP


Applications for tickets must include name(s), postal address and any relevant information about your connection to either the Church or the Archbishop personally.

All those attending will be invited to refreshments after the service in a marquee in the Cathedral grounds.

For more information about the Archbishop’s election see