Pastoral restructures taking place within the Diocese with effect from today

As many people are aware, a number of pastoral restructuring exercises have been taking place in the Diocese over the past few years.  This is necessary to ensure proper pastoral cover is extended to all parts of the Diocese, and to also support clergy where resources are overstretched.

The latest round of changes takes effect from today, so please note the following changes:

  1. Ross-on-Wye moves from the pastoral care of Ledbury to Monmouth.  The priest in charge is now therefore Fr Nicholas James and the only Mass available at Ross will be at a later time of 11:00 am on Sunday.  More information can be found in the parish newsletter available at
  2. Llanarth moves from the pastoral care of Monmouth back to the Benedictine order and will be served from Abergavenny.  The priest in charge is now Fr Richard Simons OSB.  This means that the Sunday morning Mass at Abergavenny will now be at 11:00 am and the Sunday Morning Mass at Llanarth will be at 09:00 am pending further consultation.  Abergavenny contact details can be found here.
  3. In addition to the restructures in Herefordshire, the church of St Cuthbert’s in Cardiff will now come under the pastoral remit of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.  Their parish priest is Fr James Siemens and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday at 11:00 am.  The church is also now re-dedicated to St Theodore of Tarsus.  The parish website is

Further information can be obtained from the relevant priest or website.  We thank the communities for their patience during this time of transition and you remain in our prayers.


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