Seven new Canons are to be installed at a special service at Llandaff Cathedral on Saturday, April 12, led by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan.
The service begins at 6pm.
The seven new Canons in the Llandaff Diocese appointed by the Archbishop, who is also Bishop of Llandaff are:
- The distinguished Welsh writer, the Revd Gwynn ap Gwilym who is to be made a Metropolitical Canon, in recognition of his work across Wales. The well known Welsh language poet, writer, editor and translator is the Language officer and Bishops’ Adviser for Church Affairs for the Church in Wales. A chaired bard, published poet and novelist, he has written extensively on Welsh literature, as well as having translated modern liturgy for the Church. As a priest, he has served in the dioceses of Bangor and Llandaff. He grew up in Machynlleth.
- The Revd Aled Edwards, OBE and chief executive of Cytun (Churches Together in Wales) is also to be made a Metropolitical Canon. Mr Edwards, who is originally from Trawsfynydd, is Chair of Displaced People in Action, one of Wales's most active asylum and refugee organisations, and is a member of the Wales Committee of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. He also serves as Chair of the Wales Migration Partnership and is a director of the Millennium Stadium Plc.
- The Revd Edwin Counsell and the Revd Bob Capper are to be made Honorary Canons. Mr Counsell has been the provincial advisor on Education since 2006 and the Llandaff Diocese director of Statutory Education since 2000. He is vicar of Pendoylan with Welsh St Donats. Mr Capper is vicar of Gabalfa, priest-in-charge of Tremorfa and also Area Dean for Cardiff.
- The Revd Mark Preece, Rector of Canton; the Revd Stewart Lisk, Vicar of Roath and the Revd Ruth Moverley, Vicar of Tonyrefail and Gilfach Goch are to be appointed as Canons to Llandaff Cathedral. As Canons of the Cathedral they will preach there a few times a year and become members of the Cathedral Chapter, which oversees the running of the Cathedral.
The Archbishop said, “I am delighted to recognise the long and faithful service that these seven priests have given to the Church in Wales. It is an honour and a responsibility to be a Canon of any cathedral and I know they will contribute greatly to the life and ministry of Llandaff Cathedral.”