On January 31st 2012, Archbishop George Stack rededicated the tomb of one of his predecessors, Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley, following extensive restoration work at Cathays cemetery in Cardiff.
Dr Hedley was born in 1837 and became the bishop of the then Diocese of Newport and Menevia n 1881. He spearheaded the process for the formation of the Archdiocese of Cardiff which was established in 1916. Bishop Hedley died the previous year and was buried according to his wishes “surrounded by my people”.
He had served the people well, not least within the field of Catholic Education. He was passionate about the education of the poor and championed the causes of social and educational reform in Wales. Bishop Hedley School in Merthyr Tydfil stands as a tribute to the his commitment to the welfare of people in every need.
His tomb in Cathays cemetery is a magnificent structure, paid for by public subscription. it covers nine plots and is one of the grandest in the cemetery. Unfortunately, in recent years it began to show signs of deterioration and needed restoration of the stonework, footings and carved lettering. The Archdiocese authorised the work and placed it in the expert hands of Mossfords, memorial masons since 1821. The Friends of Cathays Cemetery played a leading part in preparing for this important work of restoring part of the heritage of the Diocese and the City of Cardiff.
Photographs from the rededication can be found here.