Nation reflects on Baptism of Christ with broadcast from St. David’s Cathedral

St. David’s Cathedral was once more in the spotlight this morning with Mass of the Baptism of the Lord being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 ‘Sunday Worship’ programme.

The live broadcast meant it was an early start for the young choristers from St John’s College, who make up the Metropolitan Choir, and had followed a four-hour rehearsal the previous day.
Under conductor Dominic Neville, the choir gave a splendid performance and, according to one listener showed themselves to be one of the best cathedral choirs in the country, highlighted during the Mass by a most moving Communion Motet ‘Os Justi’ (Anton Bruckner).  They were accompanied on the organ by Dr. David Neville.
The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Peter Collins, introduced the broadcast and presided at the celebration of this great Feast.  Archbishop George Stack gave the homily focusing on the imposing character of St. John the Baptist and how the Baptism he imparted was more than a ritual cleansing.  It marked a change in the way of life of the one being baptised.  With John the last of the Old Testament prophets and Jesus the link who brings to fulfilment everything the Old Testament contains the Baptism we enter into within the Church marks a new way of life, through the action of the Holy Spirit, to a new life in Christ.
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‘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.

2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This year, the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Sunday 18th January and concludes on 25th January. The theme this year is “The Well is Deep” and is inspired by the encounter between jesus and the Woman at the Well in Samaria (John 4:7).

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have produced a series of useful readings, prayers and meditations that may be used throughout the week.  They are available FREE of charge from prayer.

The Archdiocese of Cardiff will play host to an ecumenical service of Evening Prayer at St. David’s Cathedral, Charles Street, Cardiff on Sunday 18th January at 3pm.  The guest preacher this year will be Revd. Eden Fletcher who runs the successful Brunswick Methodist Church in Newcastle city centre.  It would be wonderful to see as many people as possible attend this sign of desire for unity among all Christians.

Ecumenical Vespers

Cathedral Hosts Service for Headteachers of Independent Schools

HMC Vespers

On Tuesday 30th September 2014, St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff and the Archdiocese of Cardiff played host to hundreds of Headteachers of Independent Schools and Colleges of England and Wales for an Ecumenical Prayer Service.

Archbishop George Stack presided at Ecumenical Vespers in front of a full cathedral.  The homily was given by the Rt. Rev. Dr. John Inge, Bishop of Worcester.  Music was provided by Dr. David Neville and the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir of St. David led by Mr. Dominic Neville who were joined by the Chamber Choir of Uppingham School and their director Oliver Neal Parker.  Both choirs supplied a heavenly mix of chant and classical pieces lifting those present into the heights of prayer.

The opening piece was a rendition of John Dryden’s “What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell” set to music by 14 year old Laurence Long of King’s School, Rochester.  The piece had complex harmonies and was a delight to the ears of all present.  A testament to a talented young composer.  Archbishop George described the piece as “extraordinary” and “beautiful”.

The headteachers were visiting Wales for their annual concert, which was held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

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Our Newest Priest – Fr. Michael Doyle

Yesterday, Saturday, 6th September, Archbishop George Stack, in the presence of the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese, ordained Michael Doyle to the Sacred Priesthood.


Fr Michael celebrates his first Mass at Our Lady and St. Patrick Church, Maesteg at 11am this morning. Tomorrow, he will celebrate Mass at St. Dyfrig’s, Trefforest at 7pm, and on Tuesday he will celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s in Newport.

Please keep Fr. Michael in your prayers, as he prepares to take up his new appointment.

Full story of the Ordination Mass to follow shortly.

First Ordination to Priesthood in 7 years takes place


On Wednesday 2nd July at 6:30pm, Archbishop George Stack held the first ordination to the priesthood of a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in front of a strong congregation at St David’s Cathedral.

Rev. Bernard Sixtus was ordained to the Diaconate back in January and has since been working as the Diocesan Director of Religious Education for Schools. This ordination also marks the first priesthood ordination within the diocese in 7 years.

Among those present at the ceremony were Msgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Ordinariate, Fr Bernard’s Family and representatives from the Church in Wales parish Fr Bernard last served.

We wish Fr Bernard well as he continues his work within the diocese and takes on a pastoral role serving the parish of Usk.

Ad Multos Annos!

Dutch choir sings Mass at Cardiff Cathedral


On Saturday 28th June the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul had a different tone. The usual congregation was joined by 150 members of Gemengd Koor’s-Hertogenbosh choir from the Netherlands.

The group were visiting the U.K. to commemorate Armed Forces Day and offered their services to the Dean of St David’s Cathedral. Canon Collins took the opportunity and invited the choir to sing at the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul.

The Gemengd Koor’s-Hertogenbosh group is made up of men and women aged between 60-80 years of age with connections to the armed forces.