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Welcome to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St. David, Cardiff 

The cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff and is located in the heart of Cardiff City Centre. St. David’s offers a place of worship and encounter with God to people who both visit and work in the Capital City.

It serves as the Mother Church for the Archdiocese of Cardiff, which covers 10 unitary authorities across South East Wales and Herefordshire.  As well as its location, the cathedral is also home to the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, who sing at liturgies and perform concerts within the Cathedral Church.

News

Throughout the year we arrange events in the parish, ranging from musical events to bazaars, prayer groups and parish meetings.

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Archbishop

Archbishop George Stack was installed as the 7th Archbishop of Cardiff at St. Davids Cathedral Cardiff on the 20th June 2011. The feasts of Ss. Alban, Aaron & Jullian.

Please click the following links to read more on the Installation and Archbishop George Stack:

Archbishop George Stack receives the Pallium at the hands of Pope Benedict XVI on the 29th June 2011. The Homily can be read by clicking here.

The Pallium was received by the Archdiocese of Cardiff at Solemn of evening prayers at St. Davids Cathedral on Sunday 3rd July 2011. Solemn Evening Prayer Introduction.

Archdiocese

The area known as the Welsh Province, comprising Wales and Herefordshire has a long history of Christianity.

To discover more about the Archdiocese of Cardiff please visit the Diocese website www.rcadc.org.
You will be able to find churches and institutions throughout the diocese as well as the latest news coming out of Archbishops House.

Choir

The Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral has three choirs. The Boys’ Choir was established in 1959, and in recent years two more choirs have been formed: The Junior Girls’ Choir and The Senior Girls’ Choir.

For more information, including a music list, visit the choir’s website by clicking here.

Cathedral Information

There are many different organisations working in our parish and you will find more information about theses here.

Cathedral Council:

Mr. Christopher Daly: Chair
Mrs. Madeleine Bidder: Secretary
Mr. John Fellows

Mr. Michael Prior

Finance Committee:

Mr. Michael Prior: Chair
Mrs. Cecilia Windmill: Parish Secretary

Music Ministry:

Jeffrey Howard: Director of Music

Sanctuary Ministry:

Mr. Christopher Daly: Master of Ceremonies

University Catholic Chaplaincy

62 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Tel.: (029) 2022 9785
Fax.: (029) 2066 8197
Website: www.cardiffcatholicchaplaincy.org (Please note we are not responsible for the content of websites linked to from this page.)

Chaplain: Rev. Dr. Gareth Jones

Sunday Mass: 6.00pm

Nazareth House (Care home/Nursery)
Sisters of Nazareth, Colum Road, Cardiff, CF10 3UN
Tel: (029) 2022 0943
Superior: Sr. Margaret Anne
Chaplain: Fr. Sebastien Jones

The area known as the Welsh Province, comprising Wales and Herefordshire has a long history of Christianity. The martyrdom of SS Alban, Julius, and Aaron is the first landmark in our Christian history.

Christianity made great strides and spread throughout the whole land until the final withdrawal of the Roman Legions in 406. Wales produced many great Christian Leaders including SS Iltyd, Dyfrig, David and Teilo.

During the Norman years the Welsh ecclesiastical system was divided into four Welsh dioceses, St. David’s, Bangor, Llandaff and St.Asaph with the appointment of bishops by the Normans which was only accepted reluctantly by the people of Wales. Later with the extensive influence of various monasteries, the Cistercians, Franciscan, Dominican and other friars helped the process of pacification and acceptance until the Reformation.

Under Henry VIII, Wales became part of the ‘Church of England’ of which he proclaimed himself to be the ‘Supreme head’. All the Welsh religious houses were suppressed with deep social implications for the people. The next two hundred years were a period of great deprivation and persecution for the Catholic faith in Wales and England. The missionary priests were hunted down and were either hung, drawn and quartered as penalty for spreading the Catholic church’s message. These policies caused the number of priests to diminish drastically.

Gradually the penal laws against Catholics were eased and in 1829 resulted in Catholic Emancipation and restrictions on Catholics were removed. From 1688 despite the danger to the individuals, Rome always chose men of piety, integrity, sacrifice and learning to act as vicars apostolic (equivalent of bishop) to the areas of Britain. This was administered by the following monks and friars as Vicar apostolics:

1688 – 1708 Phillip Michael Ellis OSB
1750 – 1750 Matthew Pritchard OFM
1750 – 1763 Lawrence York OSB
1763 – 1797 Charles Walmsley OSB
1797 – 1809 W.G. Sharrock OSB
1809 – 1829 Peter B. Collingridge OFM
1829 – 1840 Peter Augustine Baines OSB

In 1840 the Western district was divided in two Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Wales became the Welsh district with Bishop Brown OSB as vicar apostolic. Later further changes were made to the Welsh district and the diocese of Newport and Menevia was set up as a suffragan see of Westminster diocese.

1850 – 1880 Thomas Joseph Brown OSB
1880 – 1895 John Cuthbert Hedley OSB

The boundaries were changed in 1895 when the diocese of Newport was redefined as comprising Glamorgan, Monmouth and Hereford. In 1916 the Cardiff Province was established, comprising the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cardiff with diocese of Menevia as a suffragan see and the following served as archbishops:

1916 – 1920 James R. Bilsborrow OSB
1920 – 1939 Francis Mostyn
1940 – 1961 Michael McGrath
1961 – 1983 John A. Murphy
1983 – 2001 John Aloysius Ward OFM Cap.
2001 – 2010 Peter D. Smith
2011 – George Stack

St. John’s College Cardiff (Cathedral Choir School), Old St. Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 5YX

Tel.: (029) 2077 8936
Website: www.stjohnscollegecardiff.com

Patron: The Archbishop of Cardiff

Headmaster: Gareth Lloyd

A leading independent school for boys and girls, age 3-18, junior and senior departments.

St John’s College is a community of students, teachers and parents where achievement, friendship and faith are central aspects of our daily work together, shaping the course of our young people’s lives as they move from school to university and the world of work. We aim to provide girls and boys with the highest aspirations in their learning and also the values to bring rewarding careers and mature family relationships in adult life.

Academic work, playing and competing in sport, making music of the highest quality, participating in drama and many other facets of growing in knowledge and understanding are given due importance.

Our unique heritage, in the tradition of Catholic Christianity, calls us to hold the highest values of faith, hope and love for one another.

We hope that you will enjoy learning more about this young and still developing school, which has already achieved an enviable reputation amongst the very best in independent education, both in Wales and amongst distinguished peers in England. Our aim is to create the best possible education for our girls and boys, and our young women and young men.

Please contact the school for information with regard to scholarships or means-tested bursaries.

Contact Us

Please call us on 029 2023 1407 or alternatively fill in the form below and a parish member will contact you shortly.