New website goes live for diocesan centenary

The new diocesan website and news feed go live on the centenary of the founding of the diocese (tomorrow). The button will be pressed as the centenary Mass starts at 3pm.  

This blog will no cease to post as the new website has fully integrated news feeds.  We thanks you for following us over the past few years and hope you keep up to date with us at


BREAKING NEWS: Time for an upgrade!

Under Construction

For months a team of people here in the Archdiocese of Cardiff have been beavering away to produce a new, revamped diocesan website.  And the time has almost come for the BIG REVEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As part of the new system, this blog will cease to exist and the newsfeed will be fully integrated into the new system.  Our website address will remain the same ( but instead of a drab static site that is not mobile friendly (see exhibit A).  We will get a new colourful, dynamic site that will also be mobile compatible.

Ex A

Exhibit A: Existing Website

As we are in the process of moving existing data to the new system there will be NO FURTHER updates to the existing newsfeed (here) or the diocesan website.

The Plan of Attack

On February 7th (the centenary of the diocese), the new repackaged system will go live at  What you will see is a repackaged existing website with some of the junk taken out!

Over the course of the following months the site will be expanded to include new, more relevant areas in co-operation with key departments.  The first section to be integrated after go-live will be the Vocations website (  Negotiations with other departments are already underway.  We will then eventually create a Welsh version of the site so that users have a choice of language they wish to view!

Repacking the website and presenting it to the world on Centenary day will allow the diocese to present more dynamic data across the Internet.  We are excited by what we see, and we hope you will be too!

So please be patient as we stop updates over the course of the next week.  It will be worth the wait!



Belmont Brother to take Solemn Vows

News from Belmont Abbey as Abbot Paul and the Community announce the impending Solemn Profession of Br. David Yates:

With great joy we announce the Solemn Profession of our brother, Dom David Yates, which will take place during the Conventual Mass on Tuesday, 2nd February 2016, Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mass will begin at 11.30am with the Blessing of Candles in the Cloister and the Procession to the Abbey Church. All are invited to join us for this great celebration.

Dom David has an M.A. in Ancient History from the University of St Andrews and an M.Sc. in Heritage and Museum Studies from the University of Portsmouth. He is presently studying Philosophy with London University. He entered the monastery in June 2011, was clothed as a Novice on 1st February 2012 and made his First Profession on 2nd February 2013. Please keep him in your prayers.

Abbot Paul and the Belmont Community


Brother David Yates (centre)

Catholic Bible School returns for 2016

The Catholic Bible School’s final event in Wales for 2015 was held on Saturday 28th November in St Dyfrig’s, Treforest. It was led by Gemma Wildsmith, looking at the theme “Christ our Bridegroom”, and leading us on a biblical and liturgical journey exploring how God’s great love for us is often symbolised as a bridegroom to a bride.


It was great to see so many parishioners from across both Cardiff and Menevia dioceses attend the event at St Dyfrig’s. Gemma’s day was a real eye-opener, and there were so many positive comments:

“I came away with renewed eagerness to receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. I couldn’t wait to accept Jesus’ proposal again, and remember our ongoing betrothal to Him!”

 “Gemma led it so well. God’s love for each one of us is amazing! Times of reflection and sharing too. Thank you Gemma and thank you Catholic Bible School.”

“Indeed Saturday was just a brilliant day. Gemma is a very gifted person and so spiritual. She is a real inspiration. Thank you for inviting her.”

Our first Scripture Saturday of 2016 will be on Saturday 23rd January at St Philip Evans in Cardiff. The day will be led by Kate Duffin, Chaplain of Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in Rhydyfelin.

The day is entitled ‘An Introduction to the Old TestamentTheir Story is Our Story.’ The journey of the Hebrew people is a journey that would infuse history even to our present time, a journey in which the person of faith would see an unfolding of the history of salvation. This is a short introduction, offering an insight in to how this story becomes our story.

We will meet on Saturday 23rd January at 10am to 3pm in St Philip Evans, Llanedeyrn Drive, Cardiff, CF23 9UL. Please bring a packed lunch. Suggested donation £10.00. For more information see or email


Spring 2016 – Dates for Your Diary

Sat. 23rd Jan St Philip Evans,
Llanedeyrn Drive,
Cardiff, CF23 9UL
An Introduction to the Old Testament – Their Story is Our Story. Led By Kate Duffin
Sat. 27th Feb St David’s Church,
St David’s Place,
Swansea, SA1 3NG
Journeying with St Luke – A look at the Gospel of the Year of Mercy. Led by David Beresford

‘A musical tradition embedded in the cathedral’: Pope honours Dr. Neville


Tributes were paid to Dr David Neville by Archbishop George Stack and Canon Peter Collins on Dr Neville being created a Papal Knight.

Canon Peter, Dean of St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral since 2001 made the point that Dr Neville had been Director of Music there for many years before Canon Peter’s arrival.

“The name of Neville is musically embedded in the fabric of this Cathedral”, Canon Peter added, turning to Dr Neville’s wife Diana and their sons Ambrose, Dominic and James, all of whom had made musical contributions to St David’s.

Dr Neville himself had been a chorister when the Cathedral was reopened after the bomb damage of the Second World War. The tradition continues with Dominic as Master of Choristers and James as a counter tenor lead in the choir.

In the Papal Bull, Pope Francis says: “You are the most deserving of what you have done for the Holy Catholic Church and its affairs, and in order that We might give a clear sign of Our pleasure and appreciation, We choose, make and declare you, David Neville, of the Diocese of Cardiff, Knight of the Order of St Gregory.”

Many congratulations Dr. Neville.

Archbishop names 4 new Canons for Cathedral Chapter

On Monday 14th December Archbishop George Stack appointed four senior priests of the diocese to the Chapter of St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff.  Those appointed are Fr. Barry English (Merthyr Tydfil), Fr. Michael P. Evans (Newport), Fr. William Isaac (Gabalfa & Whitchurch) & Fr. John Kelly (Caerphilly).

As members of the chapter all four priests now hold the title of ‘Canon’ with immediate effect.  They will be installed into the chapter at the midday Mass at St. David’s Cathedral on the feast of the Saint himself (1st March).

Congratulations to the new Canons!


Doors of Mercy open throughout the diocese

On Sunday 13th December (Gaudete Sunday) the diocese was invited to enter into the joy of God’s presence with the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy within the diocese.  Archbishop George opened the Door of Mercy at St. David’s Cathedral, whilst Abbot Paul Stoneham opened the Door of Mercy at Belmont Abbey.

Doors of Mercy were also opened at St. Mary’s Bridgend, St. Mary’s Merthyr Tydfil and St. Mary’s Newport following the Holy Father’s desire to make pilgrimage to a Holy Door more accessible and Holy Doors pop up outside of Rome for the first time in the history of Holy Years.

The year provides an extra opportunity of grace for the church both universal and local.  May we all take advantage of the great grace made available to us all y our heavenly Father.