Archbishop John has led a service to mark the relaunch of the College of St Mary in Swansea.
The college meets regularly for Eucharist, lunch and fellowship. Its members include chaplaincies to hospitals, the university, Prison Service, liaison with the police and social services, work on behalf of the deaf and disabled, the Missions to Seafarers and Port of Swansea, the city centre’s commercial and retail outlets, ecumenical relations, the Welsh language community, interfaith issues, arts and cultural opportunities, and the Central Swansea Team Ministry itself which, while based at St Mary’s, spreads across five City Centre churches and comprises the Rectorial Benefice of St Mary, Christ Church & St John.
The service at St Mary’s welcomed worshippers from different churches around the city to celebrate the ministries of those who work through Swansea.
Rector of St Mary’s Canon Ian Rees presented the following members to be admitted to the college:
- Ven Robert Williams to serve as vice president of the college
- Paul Murray to serve as clerk to the college
- Rev Lance Sharpe, coordinator of hospital chaplaincy
- Rev Nicola Startin, coordinator of prison chaplaincy
- Rev Mark Lawson-Jones, coordinator of Mission to Seafarers
- Rev Rachel Bunting, coordinator of children’s and family ministry
- Prof Medwin Hughes, coordinator of higher education chaplaincy
- Rev Adrian Morgan, coordinator of Welsh language ministry
- Rev John Gillibrand, coordinator of disability ministry
- Rev Canon Aled Edwards, coordinator of ecumenical ministry
Quoting from Joshua, Archbishop John told the new members that “like Caleb, we all have to be faithful of our calling. Go out with strength to serve.”.
The service also saw the commissioning of Pastoral Visitors for Swansea Ministry Area.