Diocesan press releases

Archbishop John’s blessing as riders complete sponsored cycle for charities

Archbishop John has given a blessing to a trio of intrepid cyclists who have completed a sponsored ride for three special causes.

Monmouth Diocese’s Fr Julian Gray, Priest-in-Charge of St Teilo in Llantilio Pertholey, together with Osian Jones and Stephen Bull, made the 47-mile ride from Brecon Cathedral to Newport Cathedral along the Monmouthshire Canal for:

St Teilo’s Church, Llantilio Pertholey Chapel of Remembrance Project – to transform the remains of a derelict stone shed into a quiet place of prayer and reflection for those visiting the churchyard.

The Chapel will form an integral part of an existing wild flower Bible garden with its outdoor Stations of the Cross. The new chapel will also serve as a memorial to the men from the village of Llantilio Pertholey who died during the First World War.

Bettws Chapel ‘Raise the Roof’ appeal – to re-roof an ancient place of Christian worship in the foothills of the Black Mountains, securing its future for generations to come.

Bettws Chapel has a small but lively congregation with people of all ages  attending. Bettws Chapel serves as a focal point for the community in a remote and sparsely populated part of Monmouthshire. The cost of the new roof will be approximately £40, 000 over half of which has now been raised through grants and fundraising.

Motor Neurone Disease Association – a UK charity that seeks to coordinate care, support, and research for those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

“My dear mother, Audrey Gray, died as a result of MND in 2007. Margaret Turner, a greatly loved member of the congregation of the church where I am Priest-in-Charge, St Teilo, Llantilio Pertholey, also passed away as a result of this terrible condition,” Fr Julian said.

The ride has raised more than £2,000 so far and sponsorship is still open. You can lend your support here.