Diocesan press releases

Archbishop ‘honoured and humbled’ to be awarded honorary doctorate

Archbishop John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

He received the honorary doctorate in recognition of his services to the Church in Wales and of his leadership across faith communities.

“I’m very honoured and humbled to receive this award today and also quite excited because it’s an opportunity to celebrate so much achievement on behalf of so many people here today,” Archbishop John said.

“What an impressive bunch and what massive talent we have here.  I hope they use every opportunity that comes their way, and to use the talent they clearly have, not just to further their own lives but to benefit the lives of others.  Always, remain strong and remain committed to serving the needs of others by bringing some colour and joy into the lives of others.”

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, UWTSD Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, presented him to the congregation.  He said: “It is my great privilege this afternoon to present the Most Reverend John Davies, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, to receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his services to the Church in Wales and of his leadership across faith communities.

“Today, more than ever, this country is in desperate need of strong leadership. Good, resilient, trustworthy individuals who are willing to stand up for social justice, to challenge wrong, unfairness and inequality,  and who have a strong commitment to try and make the world a better place for all of us, where people with deeply-held differences can live together in a spirit of love and respect.

“Throughout his ministry, Archbishop John has shown agile and strong leadership with a genuine sense of purpose. It has not been business as usual under his guidance and leadership.”

Photographs: University of Wales Trinity Saint David