Diocese of Swansea and Brecon

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Diocese of Swansea and Brecon
Esgobaeth Abertawe ac Aberhonddu
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon.svg
Location
Ecclesiastical province Wales
Archdeaconries Brecon, Gower
Statistics
Parishes 75 (est)
Information
Cathedral Brecon Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop John Davies
Map
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Website
swanseaandbrecon.churchinwales.org.uk//

The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon was established as a Diocese of the Church in Wales in 1923 with Brecon Priory as the cathedral. The area of the diocese had formerly been the Archdeaconry of Brecon within the Diocese of St David's. The Diocese has a border with five other Welsh dioceses, as well as with the English Diocese of Hereford.

Edward Latham Bevan was made Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of St David's as Bishop of Swansea in 1915, and in 1923 he was elected as the first Bishop of the new diocese.

The current Bishop of the Diocese is the Right Reverend John Davies. He was elected as Bishop of Swansea and Brecon on 29 January 2008. Prior to being elected he was the Dean of Brecon Cathedral.

The current Archdeacons of The Swansea and Brecon Diocese are:

  • Brecon - The Venerable Alan Jevons
  • Gower - The Venerable Robert Williams

Bishops

Archdeaconries and deaneries

Diocese Archdeaconry Deanery Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Archdeaconry of Brecon Deanery of Greater Brecon 15 60 41,971 2,798 700 4
Deanery of Radnor and Builth 9 68 27,724 3,080 408 7.56
Archdeaconry of Gower Deanery of Afon Tawe (Swansea) 17 29 160,318 9,430 5,528 1.71
Deanery of Greater Gower 14 36 100,103 7,150 2,781 2.57
Total/average 55 193 330,116 6,002 1,710 3.51

List of churches

The diocese is in the process of creating a collection of Ministry Areas. There are currently 193 churches, a similar number to other Church in Wales dioceses.

Afon Tawe (Swansea) Deanery

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Communities served Population served
Caereithin (St Teilo)1
  • St Teilo, Caereithin
[1]
  • Vicar: Padraig Gallagher
Penderry 11,311
Cwmtawe Uchaf2
  • St Callwen, Callwen
  • Capel Coelbren, Coelbren
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
Llywel (Glyntawe area), Tawe-uchaf 1,811
Glantawe (St Margaret) (St Peter)
  • St Margaret, Glantawe
  • St Peter, Glantawe
  • Vicar: Vacant
Bonymaen 6,857
Landore and Treboeth1
  • St Alban, Treboeth
  • Vicar: David Jones
Mynyddbach (part) 4,436
Llangiwg
  • St Peter, Pontardawe
  • Vicar: Gary Green
  • Curate (Clydach): David Martin
Clydach, Pontardawe 14,335
Clydach (St Mary) (St Michael)
  • St Mary, Clydach
  • St Michael, Trebanos
Llangyfelach (St David and St Cyfelach) (St Teilo-On-The-Clase)
  • SS David & Cyfelach, Llangyfelach
  • St Teilo, Morriston
[2]
  • Vicar: Vacant
  • Curate: Anthony Porter
Llangyfelach, Mawr, Mynyddbach (part) 8,796
Llansamlet (St Samlet) (St John) (St Paul)
  • St John, Llansamlet
  • St Samlet, Llansamlet
  • St Paul, Glais
[3]
  • Vicar: Geraint Wathan
Birchgrove, Llansamlet 14,433
Manselton (St Michael and All Angels) and Cwmbwrla1
  • St Michael & All Angels, Manselton
  • Vicar: Andrew Holmes
Cwmbwrla, Landore 14,140
Morriston (St David)
  • St David, Morriston
[4]
  • Vicar: Hugh Lervy
  • NSM: Lance Sharpe
Morriston 16,928
Swansea (St Barnabas)
  • St Barnabas, Swansea
  • Vicar/Priest-in-Charge: Mark Griffiths
Uplands (part) 15,665
Swansea (St Gabriel)
  • St Gabriel, Swansea
[5]
Swansea (St James)
  • St James, Uplands
[6]
  • Vicar: Mark Williams
Uplands (part)
Swansea (St Nicholas-On-The-Hill) and St Jude
  • St Nicholas-on-the-Hill, Townhill
  • Vicar: Alison Jones
Townhill 8,696
Swansea (St Peter)1
  • St Illtyd, Fforestfach
  • St Peter, Cockett
[7]
  • Vicar: Vacant
Cockett (part) 7,085
Swansea (St Thomas) (St Stephen) and Kilvey
  • St Stephen, Swansea
  • St Thomas, Swansea
[8]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Steve Bunting
St Thomas 7,187
Swansea, Central [9]
  • Vicar: Ian Rees
  • Curate: Helen Rees
  • Curate: Ian Folks
  • NSM: John Anthony
Castle 15,883
  • St John, Hafod
  • Christ Church, Swansea
Ystalyfera (St David)2
  • St David, Ystalyfera
  • Vicar: Timothy Hewitt
Ystalyfera 4,663
Ystradgynlais (St Cynog)2
  • St Cynog, Ystradgynlais
  • Rector: Dewi Roberts
Ystradgynlais 8,092

1part of Penderi Ministry Area

2part of Tawe Uchaf Ministry Area

Greater Brecon Deanery

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Communities served Population served
Brecon (Cathedral of St John the Evangelist) [10]
  • Dean: Albert Shackerley
  • Canon: Mark Clavier
Brecon (St John ED) 3,342
Brecon (St David) with Llanspyddid and Llanilltyd1
  • Vicar: Vacant
Brecon (St David Within ED), Glyn Tarell 2,430
Brecon (St Mary)1 [11]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Steven Griffith
  • NSM: Judy Day
Brecon (St Mary ED) 3,111
Llanddew (St David)1
  • Holy Trinity, Llanddew
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
Llanddew 232
The Beacons
  • St Meugan, Pencelli
  • St Tetti, Talybont-on-Usk
  • St Bridget, Llansantffraid-juxta-Usk
  • St Brynach, Llanfrynach
  • St Mary, Cantref
  • SS Illtyd & Peter, Llanhamlach
  • Priest-in-Charge: Kelvin Richards
  • Curate: Alan Jevons
  • OLM: Liz Bramley
Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Bwlch area), Llanfrynach, Llangors, Talybont-on-Usk 2,883
Llyn Safaddan
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Talyllyn
  • St Gastyn, Llangasty Talyllyn
  • St Paulinus, Llangorse
  • All Saints, Bwlch
  • St Mary the Virgin, Llanywern
Blaenwysg
  • Rhydybriw Chapel of Ease, Defynnog
  • St Mary, Trecastle
  • St David, Llywel
  • St Ilid, Cray
  • St Cynog, Defynnog
  • St Teilo, Llandeilo'r Fan
  • Vicar: Michael Wilding
Cray, Llywel (Llywel area), Maescar 1,455
Cefn Coed (St John the Baptist) with Vaynor
  • St Gwynno, Vaynor
  • St John the Baptist, Cefncoed
  • Priest-in-Charge: Timothy Williams
Vaynor, Ystradfellte 4,107
Penderyn Mellte (St Cynog)
  • St John, Pontneathvaughan
  • St Mary, Ystradfellte
Brynmawr (St Mary the Virgin)2
  • St Mary the Virgin, Brynmawr
  • Vicar: Vacant
Brynmawr 5,530
Crickhowell (St Edmund) with Cwmdu and Tretower2 [12]
  • Vicar: Rana Khan
Crickhowell, Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Tretower area) 2,576
  • St Michael the Archangel, Cwmdu
  • St John the Evangelist, Tretower
Llanelli (St Elli)2
  • Priest-in-Charge: Christopher Bevan
Llanelly 3,899
Llangattock (St Cattwg) and Llangynidr2
  • St Catwg, Llangattock
[13]
  • Rector: Vacant
Llangattock, Llangynidr 2,035
  • SS Cynidr & Mary, Llangynidr
The Vale of Gwrynne2
  • Priest-in-Charge: Christopher Bowler
The Vale of Grwyney 738
Talgarth (St Gwendoline) with Bronllys with Llanfilo
  • St Mary, Bronllys
  • St Bilo, Llanfilo
  • St Gwendoline, Talgarth
  • Vicar: Rowland Edwards
  • NSM: Lloyd Evans
Bronllys (Bronllys area), Felin-fach (Llanfilo area), Talgarth 2,487
Dan Yr Eppynt
  • SS Cynidr & Mary, Aberyscir
  • Bettws Penpont Parish Church
  • St David, Trallwng
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Nant-Bran
  • St Maelog, Llandefaelog Fach
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Fechan
  • St Cynog, Merthyr Cynog
  • Priest-in-Charge: Michelle Bailey
Honddu Isaf, Merthyr Cynog, Trallong, Yscir 1,483
Glasbury (St Peter) (All Saints) & Llowes w Clyro & Betws
  • St Peter, Glasbury
  • Holy Trinity, Bettws Clyro
  • St Michael & All Angels, Clyro
  • All Saints, Glasbury
  • St Meilig, Llowes
  • Vicar: David Thomas
Clyro, Glasbury (Glasbury area), Gwernyfed 2,327
Hay (St Mary) (St John) with Llanigon and Capel-Y-Ffin
  • Vicar: Richard Williams
Hay, Llanigon 2,076
Llandefalle (St Matthew) and Llyswen with Boughrood etc
  • St Matthew, Llandefalle
  • St Gwendoline, Llyswen
  • St Mary, Talachddu
  • St Steffan, Llanstephan
  • St Cynog, Boughrood
  • Rector: Ian Charlesworth
Bronllys (Llyswen area), Felin-fach (Talachddu area), Glasbury (Boughrood area) 1,260

1Brecon Ministry Area

2St Catwg (Crickhowell) Ministry Area

Greater Gower Deanery

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Communities served Population served
Gorseinon (St Catherine)1
  • St Catherine, Gorseinion [14]
[15]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Adrian Morgan
Gorseinon, Grovesend and Waungron 9,824
Gowerton (St John the Evangelist)1
  • St John the Evangelist, Gowerton [16]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Alexander Pye
Gowerton 5,212
Loughor (St Michael) (St David)1
  • St David, Loughor
  • St Michael, Loughor
  • Priest-in-Charge: Ian Drew-Jones
Llwchwr 9,134
Penllergaer (St David)1
  • St David, Penllergaer
  • Vicar: Vacant
Penllergaer, Pontlliw and Tircoed 5,397
Llandeilo Tal-Y-Bont (St Teilo) (St Michael)1
  • St Michael & All Angels, Pontardulais
  • St Teilo, Pontardulais
  • Vicar: John Gillibrand
Pontardulais 6,281
Waunarllwydd (St Barnabas)1
  • St Barnabas, Waunarlwydd [17]
  • Vicar: Ian Davies
  • NSM: Julie Wagstaff
Cockett (part) 7,085
Killay (St Hilary) (St Martin)2
  • St Hilary, Killay
  • St Martin, Dunvant
  • Vicar: Phillip Gwynn
Dunvant, Killay, Sketty (part), Three Crosses, Upper Killay 20,150
Tycoch (All Souls)2
  • All Souls, Tycoch
[18]
Sketty (St Paul) (Holy Trinity)2
  • St Paul, Sketty
  • Holy Trinity, Sketty
[19]
  • Vicar: Robert Davies-Hannen
Sketty (part) 7,150
Bishopston (St Teilo)3
  • St Teilo, Bishopston
[20]
  • Vicar: Andrew Pearce
  • NSM: Justin Davies
Bishopston 3,251
South West Gower3
  • St Andrew, Penrice
  • St Cattwg, Port Eynon
  • St George, Reynoldston
  • St Mary the Virgin, Rhossili
  • St David, Llanddewi
  • St Illtyd, Oxwich
  • NSM: Vacant
Penrice, Port Eynon, Reynoldston, Rhossili 1,765
Llangennith (St Cenydd) with Llanmadoc and Cheriton3
  • Hon. Curate: Glyn Austin
Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton 882
Llanrhidian (St Rhidian and St Illtyd) with Llanyrnewydd3
  • SS Rhidian & Illtyd, Llanrhidian
  • St Gwynour, Penclawdd
  • St David's Mission Church, Penclawdd
  • Penlan Church, Penclawdd
[21]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Tim Ardouin
Llanrhidian Higher, Llanrhidian Lower 4,147
Three Cliffs3
  • St Nicholas, Nicholaston
  • St John the Baptist, Penmaen
  • St Illtyd, Ilston
  • St Mary, Pennard
  • Vicar: Peter Brooks
  • NSM: Nigel King
Ilston, Pennard 3,225
Llwynderw (Holy Cross) (Clyne Chapel)4
  • Holy Cross, West Cross
  • Clyne Chapel, Blackpill
[22] Mumbles (Mayals ED) 2,676
Newton (St Peter)4
  • St Peter, Newton
  • Vicar: Christopher Darvill
Mumbles (Newton ED) 3,316
Oystermouth (All Saints)4
  • All Saints, Oystermouth
  • Norton Mission Church
[23]
  • Vicar: Keith Evans
Mumbles (Oystermouth & West Cross EDs) 10,608

1Llwchwr Ministry Area

2Clyne Trinity Ministry Area

3Gower Ministry Area

4Mumbles Ministry Area

Radnor and Builth Deanery

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Communities served Population served
Beacon Hill1
  • St David, Heyope
  • St Cynllo, Llangunllo
  • St Michael, Beguildy
  • St Mary Magdalene, Bleddfa
[24]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
Beguildy, Llangunllo 1,092
East Radnor1
  • St Michael, Cascob
  • St Andrew, Norton
  • St Edward, Knighton
  • St David, Whitton
  • St Mary, Pilleth
  • Vicar: Melia Cope
Knighton, Presteigne (Norton area), Whitton 3,855
New Radnor (St Mary) and Llanfihangel Nantmelan etc1
  • St David, Colva
  • St Mary, Gladestry
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Nantmelan
  • St Peter, Evancoyd
  • St Mary, New Radnor
  • Rector: Mark Beaton
Gladestry (Gladestry area), New Radnor, Old Radnor (Evancoyd area) 985
Blaenau Irfon2
  • Eglwys Oen Duw, Beulah
  • St James, Llanwrtyd Wells
  • St David, Llanwrtyd Wells
[25]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Petra Beresford-Webb
Cilmery, Disserth and Trecoed (Cwmbach area), Llanafanfawr, Llangamarch, Llanwrtyd Wells, Llanyre (Newbridge-on-Wye area), Treflys 3,966
Irfon Valley2
  • Llanlleonfel Parish Church
  • St Cadmarch, Llangammarch Wells
  • St Cannen, Cilmery
  • St Afan, Garth
Upper Wye2
  • All Saints, Newbridge-on-Wye
  • St Michael & All Angels, Llanfihangel Brynpabuan
  • St John the Divine, Cwmbach
  • St Afan, Llanafan Fawr
Buallt (St Mary)3
  • St Mary, Builth Wells
  • St David, Llanddewi'r Cwm
  • St David, Maesmynis
  • St David, Llanynis
  • St Mauritius, Alltmawr
[26]
  • Vicar: Neil Hook
Builth, Duhonw, Erwood (Alltmawr area) 3,077
Colwyn
  • St David, Rhulen
  • St Mary, Llanfaredd
  • St Mary, Bettws Disserth
  • St Bridget, Llansantffraed-in-Elwel
  • St David, Glascwm
  • St David, Cregrina
  • St Matthew, Llanelwedd
  • Curate: Linda Watson
Aberedw (Rhulen area), Glascwm, Llanelwedd 1,092
The Erwood Group with the Painscastle Group
  • St Dubricius, Gwenddwr
  • St Mary, Crickadarn
  • St Padarn, Llanbadarn y Garreg
  • St Cewydd, Aberedw
  • St Teilo, Llandeilo Graban
  • St Michael, Bryngwyn
  • St Peter, Painscastle
  • St David, Llanddewi-Fach
  • St Mary, Newchurch
  • Priest-in-Charge: Paul Keown
Aberedw (Aberedw area), Erwood (Erwood area), Gladestry (Newchurch area), Painscastle 1,059
Glan Ithon4
  • Old Parish Church, Llandrindod Wells
  • Holy Trinity, Llandrindod Wells
  • St Michael, Cefnllys
  • St Cewydd, Disserth
  • St David, Howey
  • St Llyr, Llanyre
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Helygen
[27]
  • Rector: Andrew Perrin
  • Curate: Bronwyn Curnow
  • NSM: Andrew Tweed
Disserth and Trecoed (Disserth area), Llandrindod Wells, Llanyre (Llanyre area), Penybont (Cefnllys area) 6,713
The Ithon Valley4
  • St Michael, Dolau
  • St Mary the Virgin, Abbeycwmhir
  • St Padarn, Cross Gates
  • St Tecla, Llandegley
  • St Anno, Llananno
  • St Padarn, Llanbadarn Fynydd
  • St Cynllo, Llanbister
  • St David, Llanddewi Ystradenni
[28]
  • Curate: Rachael Storer
Abbey Cwmhir, Llanbadarn Fawr, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llanbister, Llanddewi Ystradenni, Llanfihangel Rhydithon, Penybont (Llandegley area) 2,376
Gwastedyn4
  • St Gwrthwl, Llanwrthwl
  • St Harmon, St Harmon
  • St Clement, Rhayader
  • St Cynllo, Nantmel
  • St Mark, Nantmel
  • Nantgwyllt Chapel, Cwmdauddwr
  • St Bride, Cwmdauddwr
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
Llanwrthwl, Nantmel, Rhayader, St Harmon 3,509

1East Radnor Mission Area

2Irfon and Wye Ministry Area

3Builth Wells Ministry Area

4West Radnor Ministry Area

References


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