A Warm Welcome for a Syrian Family

The Archdiocese of Cardiff is pleased to be able to make available an unoccupied property to house a refugee family from Syria. The planning and organisation of this important initiative has been led by Sr. Ruth O’Neill on behalf of the Diocese. Sr. Ruth is member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, living in Ely and works with people who are seeking asylum. Government and local authority legislation regarding the resettlement of refugees is quite complex. This is necessarily so, given the different culture and background as well as physical and psychological needs of those who have seen a great deal of violence and suffered so much.

Parishioners, County Council and Housing officials met together to explore the possibilities of making a suitable house available as well as addressing the needs of the prospective family. The enthusiasm of both the parishioners and officials is striking and everybody concerned is committed to making a “success” of this important initiative. The family will be welcomed as part of the UK Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme. (SVPRS).

The family to be resettled is part of the quota of 20,000 refugees that the UK Government is committed to welcoming between 2015-2020. Unlike most who have already arrived having fled their countries and making long and dangerous journeys, the journey of this family will be carefully planned for them. Before leaving Syria, they will have been identified as needing Humanitarian Protection. Their past experiences will undoubtedly have been traumatic, but they will be assured of a warm welcome and secure environment in which to rebuild their lives. They will travel safely and be met on arrival. They will have the right to work in the UK and, as refugees, will have the same entitlements as UK citizens.

The property will be managed on behalf of the parish and the Diocese by Hafod Housing Association’s Cartrefi Hafod team which specialises in finding accommodation in the private rented sector to help house homeless people. The Housing Association already has some experience of partnership working for the SPVRS, but this will be the first partnership in Wales to include a property belonging to the Catholic Church. It promises to be a model of good working practice and relationships with the local community. Local authorities are struggling to find other properties which can be used for the Scheme and is looking to the private and voluntary sector for assistance in identifying and making properties available. It is important for the Church and other organisations not just to identify problems to Government but also help in providing solutions.

Following the example of Pope Francis , who himself has brought Syrian Refugee families to live in Vatican property, the Catholic Church in England and Wales is encouraging people to look at ways in which they can help resolve this humanitarian crisis. Prayer, practical, financial, or organisational help, as well as emotional and spiritual support are all part of the endeavour of resettlement. Teaching English, offering professional skills and advice or merely saying “hello” each have their part to play also. SVPRS will provide this family with specialist support during their first year in the UK. The longer term orientation, settling and integration will rely very much on the welcome they receive from the local community.

In thanking Sr. Ruth and all those who are helping make this endeavour possible, the words of Pope Francis are an inspiration and encouragement:

“I admire the courage of those who hope to be able gradually to resume a normal life, waiting for joy and love to return to brighten their existence. We can and must all nourish this hope”.

Joy as Seminarian ordained

Following on from the call to look towards the future with hope as expressed with the centenary celebrations at the start of the week, today we celebrate with joy as Daniel Stanton, one of the seminarians of the Diocese, was ordained to the Diaconate this morning at St. Mary's College, Oscott ... Read more

Cathedral blooms as flower festival begins

St David's Cathedral is blooming with colour and the scent of hundreds of flowers as the centenary flower festival gets underway ... Read more

Breathtaking festival comes to an end

In what has been a 'first' a very successful and breathtaking Festival of Flowers has drawn to a close at St. David's Cathedral ... Read more

A MASSIVE thank you!

It has been so busy in recent weeks that we have seemed to have missed two major milestones for our social communications ... Read more

Centenary celebrations continue with visit to the former seat of the bishops

As the Diocese continues to celebrate its centenary year, we look back on our history and give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon the Church in our small part of the world ... Read more

Remembering the victims of the Arandora Star

Archbishop George Stack is pictured with Fr. Andrea Bord of St. Mary’s Canton at the commemoration of the Arandora Star tragedy held at St. David’s Cathedral on Sunday 3 July ... Read more

Right Reverend Dom Jerome Hodkinson OSB - R.I.P.

Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul ... Read more

Canon Sean Kearney R.I.P.

With sadness we have learned of the death of Canon Sean Michael Kearney in Bantry Hospital, West Cork, on Friday evening ... Read more

Remembering Abbot Jerome Hodkinson R.I.P.

On the Feast Day of St. Martha and St. Mary (July 29th) the community of Belmont Abbey laid to rest one of their former Abbots Rt. Rev. Abbot Jerome Hopkinson O.S.B. who died earlier in the month. During the Requiem Mass the current Abbot of Belmont, Rt. Rev. Paul Stonham offered the following words in remembrance. Read more

Muslim Council of Wales offers condolences and support following recent events in France

Following the recent killing of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel at the hands of an extremist, Salem Kidwai, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales sent the following message to Archbishop George Stack: Read more

Opening Doors – A chance for a new start

Are you ready to invite someone you know to step through a Door of Mercy? When Pope Francis established a Year of Mercy, he adapted a symbol that the Catholic Church has used for centuries. In the past, the Holy Door was reserved to the principal church in Rome; pilgrims travelled there to demonstrate their faith and commitment... Read more

Offeren yr Eisteddfod/Eisteddfod Mass 2016

Daeth cynulleidfa fawr ynghyd i ddathlu’r Offeren yn eglwys y plwyf, Y Fenni ar ddechrau mis Awst. Roedd yn achlysur arbennig iawn a chroeso’r plwyf yn gynnes a chofiadwy. Read more

Earthquake in Italy

We are saddened by the news this morning of the earthquake in Italy. As the death toll continues to rise we pray for the people of Amatrice and the surrounding areas affected by the devastation. Read more

Prayer and Solidarity with the People of Italy

It is impossible for us to imagine the pain and suffering being endured by the people of that area at the present time. +George Stack Read more

Mission to the Doors of Mercy

Each day from the 19th to 24th September, the Diocesan Evangelisation Team will be at one of the Holy Door Churches. Read more

Service acknowledged in Cardiff parish

On the weekend of the 10th/11th September 2016, Archbishop George Stack visited the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Gabalfa with St Teilo's, Whitchurch to thank and award the hard work of two long standing parishioners ... Read more

Holy Doors Week

Last week, local parishioners and members of the Diocesan Evangelisation Team offered an invitation to a meal and a prayerful experience at each of the five Doors of Mercy across the Archdiocese of Cardiff. Hundreds of people accepted the invitation to share a meal at table; many took the opportunity to pass through the Holy Door and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Read more

Pope Francis receives our new Ambassador

On 19 September 2016, Mrs.Sally Jane Axworthy MBE, presented her Letters of Credence to His Holiness Pope Francis, accrediting her as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Read more

Full Time Evangelisation Position

The Archdiocese of Cardiff is seeking a talented organiser and communicator passionate about the Catholic Faith. Read more

50 years on: Wales remembers

It was on this day 50 years ago that a landslide of coal from the Aberfan colliery covered the local school claiming the lives of 116 children and 28 adults ... Read more

Cornerstone offers exciting new community and arts venue for Cardiff

After two years of development and a £1.2m Heritage Lottery grant the former Ebeneser Chapel opposite St. David's Cathedral on Charles Street in Cardiff has finally opened its doors as the new community and arts venue for Cardiff ... Cornerstone ... Read more

The Art of Dying Well

As we start November the dark nights creep in with changing of the clocks, the leaves of the trees die and fall to the ground, and our mind turns to those people we have loved who have died as we commemorate the Holy Souls ... Read more

Diocese visits the seat of Government

On Tuesday 15th November over 50 members of the Archdiocese of Cardiff made the journey to London to visit the seat of UK Government at Parliament by invitation of the Secretary of State for Wales, Rt. Hon. Alun Cairns M.P. ... Read more

Belmont Monks elect Abbot for unprecedented third term

On the morning of 16th November 2016, Dom Paul Stonham was re-elected Abbot of Belmont for a third term of eight years ... Read more

New Year – New Evangelisation

2017 sees a fresh start to the work of the Archdiocese of Cardiff’s Evangelisation Team! Thanks to funding made available by an anonymous donor, we have been able to employ a full-time Evangelisation & Education Officer, Miss Madeline Page ... Read more

Prince of Wales officially opens Cornerstone

Cornerstone and the Archdiocese of Cardiff were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on Friday 16th December 2016 to mark the official opening of this exciting new venue for Cardiff ... Read more

A Reflection for Christmas

It is no accident that the Christian Church celebrates the birth of the true light at the darkest time of the year. He is the light that darkness could not overcome. Read more

Canon John O'Regan R.I.P.

It is with sadness that the Archdiocese of Cardiff announces the death of Canon John O’Regan ... Read more

Do You Love Me?

“Do You Love Me?” - It’s the question the Risen Jesus asked St Peter on the beach, as narrated at the end of John’s Gospel. It’s the question the Risen Jesus asks each one of us whenever we consider devoting a little of our time to prayer. To find out more and to book please read more..... Read more

Glorious Thanksgiving

It was a fitting conclusion to the end of our Centenary Year with two representatives from every parish in the Archdiocese attending the Thanksgiving Mass at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral. Read more

Young Vincentians

The end of 2016 saw the Vincentian family growing in the Archdiocese as several schools set up Mini Vinnie groups, following an introduction to Vincentian Youth Groups by the newly appointed Young Vincentian Development Officer at the Annual Mass for School and College Staff in September. Read more

Home for a Syrian Refugee Family

I am grateful to a number of people in the Diocese who are working with the U.K government and the local authorities to provide a home for at least one refugee family in our midst. Read more

Lenten Reflection 2017

“Fasting is food for the soul, nourishment for the spirit” (Ambrose of Milan c.339-97). Read more

Lenten Station Masses 2017

As we prepare to begin our journey through the Season of Lent, Archbishop George has announced the key dates for the annual Lenten Station Masses in different parts of the Diocese. Read more

Walk with me through Lent

The Lent 2017 edition of “Walk with me” is an excellent companion for Lenten prayer and meditation. Read more

Free Lenten Retreat Day

A retreat day of prayer structured according to Ignatian Spirituality will be held on 1st April Read more

Rite of Election

The Rite of Election takes place this Sunday (March 5th) at 3:00pm at St. David’s Cathedral, Charles Street, Cardiff. Please join us at this special time in the lives of the candidates from all round the diocese. Read more

Welsh National Pilgrimage

Interested in going on pilgrimage? Our Lady calls us to come to Lourdes in prayer, procession and penance – can you respond to this call? Come and join us on the Welsh National Pilgrimage to Lourdes! Read more

Lent Confession

The Season of Lent is an invitation to take another step closer to the Lord Read more

Our Church is Growing

In a moving ceremony candidates and their godparents were called forward and individually welcomed by the Archbishop. Read more

Reflection on the 2nd Sunday in Lent

For so many people, suffering is a waste of time and nothing good can be said of it. We question the very existence of God when individual suffering and the suffering of whole peoples become too much to bear. Read more

Cornerstone Accolade

The Cornerstone at St. David’s has recently been given another accolade in addition to its increasing popularity and reputation for good food and warm hospitality. Read more

Social Housing Development

The Archdiocese of Cardiff has cooperated with the Taff Housing Association to help address the chronic shortage of affordable housing in the city. Read more

Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Those of us who live in the Northern hemisphere, with regular flooding and torrential rain, might be surprised to know that on a worldwide scale there is a catastrophic shortage of water. Read more

Catholic Mothers meet for Annual Conference

On Tuesday March 7th the Welsh Conference of the Union of Catholic Mothers gathered at the Park Inn, Cardiff for their annual conference. They were joined by chaplains to the local conferences and Archbishop George Stack for the celebration of Mass. Read more

Our Lady of Fatima to visit Cardiff Cathedral for Centenary Commemorations

On Saturday 5th May 2017 the Statue and Relics will be welcomed to St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff Read more

Terrorist Attack in London

No doubt every parish and member of the Catholic community in this Diocese of Cardiff will hold all those who suffered in their thoughts and prayers at Mass this Sunday and in the days to come. Read more

Reflection on the 4th Sunday of Lent

Whoever wants to write a book, or an article, or an essay or even a letter needs to plan the structure of what they wish to say – at least the beginning, middle and end. One novelist always wrote the final chapter of his book first and worked back to the beginning. It is a little like that with the gospels. Read more

Reflection on the 5th Sunday of Lent

The famous Irish novelist Colm Toibin comes from Wexford and is a master wordsmith. He can describe the most minute details of growing up and his observation of people and situations around him. One of his novels called ‘Brooklyn’ was made into a film a couple of years ago and proved very successful. Read more

Reflection on Palm Sunday and Holy Week

During the Millennium Year of 2000, the National Gallery in London mounted an exhibition called “Seeing Salvation”. The subtitle was “The Image of Christ” and traced how artists down the ages have represented Jesus whether in paint, stone, wood or precious metals. The exhibition was an amazing success. Read more

Pope names new Nuncio to Great Britain

It has been announced that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed His Excellency Edward Joseph Adams as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain. Archbishop Adams has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Greece since 2011. Prior to that he has served as Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the Philippines. Read more

The Real Easter Egg: Keeping the true meaning of Easter

While the National Trust is still immersed in the controversy about dropping the word “Easter” from its (Easter) Egg Hunt and Cadbury dropping “Easter” from its chocolate eggs on sale this week, there is an excellent solution for those of us who intend to keep Easter Eggs as a great symbol of the Resurrection of Jesus. Read more

Catholic Bishops statement regarding recent bombings in Egypt

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, has issued a statement on behalf of the Bishops deploring the explosions in two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday and offering prayers and support for the Coptic community and all who have been affected by this violence. Read more

Diocese gathers for Chrism Mass

Cardiff Cathedral was a hive of activity yesterday as our Archbishop was joined by the clergy and faithful of the diocese for the annual Chrism Mass. Each year the diocese comes together at the cathedral to consecrate the oils to be used in the Sacraments over the course of the year and to give witness to and support our priests as they renew their ordination promises. Read more

Easter Triduum begins: three days of solemn celebration

This very night throughout the world the Church begins three days of solemn celebration and remembrance as we journey with Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, through his Passion and Death for the Salvation of the whole world. Read more

Behold the wood of the Cross: the Good Friday event

Following the events of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we return to our stark, empty churches on this GOOD Friday to approach the foot of the Cross at Golgotha with sorrow mixed with gratitude. Read more

The light and glory of New Life: the Easter Vigil

Holy Saturday was a very quiet day; an ancient homily for the day says “Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep". Read more

Appointment of new Bishop of Llandaff

Speaking from Rome where he is currently attending a conference the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Rev. George Stack, on hearing of the appointment of the new bishop of Llandaff said: Read more

Cornerstone wins Welsh conservation award

Back in March we reported that Cornerstone Cardiff had achieved the accolade of being nominated for the prestigious 2017 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards, Wales Building Conservation award. Following the awards ceremony it is been announced with much celebration that Cornerstone won the coveted award. Read more

Our Lady of Fatima comes to Cardiff

St. David’s Cathedral was thronged with pilgrims and worshippers on Saturday 6 May in order to welcome the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Centenary year of the apparitions. Read more

School brings faith to life

Each member of the Church has an individual journey of faith that they share with those around them. For five young people at St. Robert’s Primary School in Aberkenfig their journey of faith began at school when they made the decision to be baptised. Read more

Bishops encourage Catholics to use their vote on June 8th

As the General Election on June 8th fast approaches, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issue a guidance letter encouraging Catholics to be engaged and take an active part in the election. Read more

Marriage Preparation Policy

Marriage preparation: Your views are invited on future practice How can the Church help couples sustain a loving and lasting marriage? Archbishop George is asking for YOUR views. Read more

Yr Offeren yn Gymraeg – Mass in Welsh

Announcement: The regular weekly Mass in Welsh at St Teilo’s Catholic Church, Whitchurch will come to an end on June 18th, the feast of Corpus Christi. Read more

Thy Kingdom Come

“Thy Kingdom Come” is a joint Anglican and Roman Catholic initiative to pray together a Pentecost Novena starting on 25th May, leading up to the birthday of the Church, Pentecost Sunday. The origins ... Read more

God you are the lover of peace and unity

At a large gathering in Cardiff Cathedral Archbishop George Stack spoke movingly of the events that had taken place overnight Manchester. Read more

Statement on the death of former First Minister

Having returned to Wales and hearing of the news of the death of the former First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan, Archbishop George Stack issued the following statement. Read more

Mass of Thanksgiving for New Catholics ... you are invited

At the start of the Season of Lent the local Church gathered at Cardiff Cathedral for the celebration of the Rite of Election for Catechumens (those to be baptised) and those seeking Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Read more

Standing with London

On hearing of the atrocities in London on Saturday night, Archbishop George Stack contacted Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark to assure him and his people of our sympathy and prayers in the face of such horror and violence. Read more

Glorious day sees new Deacon for the diocese

The city of London has seen much activity over the past few days thanks to the General Election. However today the city became a focus for another important event, at least for the Catholic Community. Read more

London Fire: solidarity and prayers needed

Archbishop George Stack has joined his prayers and condolences to those of Cardinal Vincent Nichols for those who are suffering as a result of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower ... Read more

The joy of Corpus Christi

Today, with great joy, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body & Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Read more

Archbishop George Stack reflects following the news of yesterday's attack on Finsbury Park Mosque, London. Read more

Catholic Churches and Schools helping Grenfell Tower victims ... How you can help

The tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire in London on 14th June will live on in the memory of the nation for many years to come. Read more

Cathedral leads the nation in prayer on the feast of Corpus Christi

Last Sunday BBC Radio 4 broadcast its ‘Sunday Worship’ programme live from an early morning Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi at our own Cardiff Cathedral. Read more

Implementing the fruits of Amoris Laetitia

It has been almost two years since the cameras of the world focussed on the Vatican for the highly anticipated Synod of Bishops on “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”. Read more

Summer of Ordinations sees Second Deacon ordained

As ordination season continues, a contingent of people from Cardiff made the journey to St. Mary’s College Oscott near Birmingham this morning for the second of four summer ordinations for our Diocese. Rev. Nicholas Williams was ordained to the Diaconate ... Read more

Service Medal acknowledges nearly 70 years of work for Maesteg parishioner

Earlier today Archbishop George Stack travelled to the parish of Our Lady & St. Patrick, Maesteg to personally thank a parishioner for actively working in the parish for nearly 70 years. Read more

Newport Deacon scores a winner with UEFA and the BBC

It has been three weeks since the UEFA Champions League Final took place in Cardiff and Real Madrid won the title beating Juventus 4-1. In all of the excitement and festival around South Wales for the championship did you spot the winning goal shot by Deacon Pasquale Cinotti of All Saints parish in Newport .... Read more

Jubilee Celebrations for a Golden Priest

Speaking at the Mass celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Mgr. John Maguire at St. Mary’s Canton on Friday 16th June, Archbishop George Stack ... Read more

Growth and zeal for mission: a Vocations update

2017 has been a graced year. Not only have we had the opportunity of celebrating the diocese’s centenary, but there is a real sense of growth and new zeal for mission around the diocese. Read more

Bishops welcome new Apostolic Nuncio

Tuesday 4th July 2017 was a twofold day of significance for Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain. Read more

Budding filmakers scoop top prize

Nine talented young pupils from St John Lloyd Catholic Primary School, Cardiff scooped the prize of a Film-making Workshop in the recent Welsh Heritage Initiative ... Read more

‘Sacred Wales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’: The search for Wales’ favourite Church or Chapel

With over 4,500 churches and chapels, Wales has some of the most beautiful and historic religious buildings in the world. Read more

Closure of Heritage Lottery Fund's Grants for Places of Worship

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship scheme (GPOW) is to be closed in September 2017. This will mean that churches will have to compete for funding against ... Read more

Maesteg pupils wow with ‘Proms in the Parish’

On Tuesday 18th July 2017 the pupils of St. Mary’s & St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Maesteg hosted the very first ‘Proms in the Parish’. Families of the children and members of the parish were treated to an extravaganza .... Read more

Cardiff's newest priest ordained

Fr. Daniel Stanton, 30, was ordained to the priesthood last Saturday, 22nd July 2017, at Cardiff Cathedral by Archbishop George Stack. Read more

Two new priests in one week brings much rejoicing

There was much joy and celebration today at Cardiff Cathedral – the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David as exactly a week after the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Daniel Stanton, we celebrated the ordination of a long serving Deacon to the priesthood. Read more

Have you heard this one? “7 seminarians walk into a bar ….”

There are a number of long standing jokes that we tell when we are with friends or family most of which start “An ‘x’, a ‘y’ and a ‘z’ walk into a bar ….”, well …. Read more

Catholic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg to deliver talk on faith in Cardiff

Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher Rees-Mogg. These are the names given by Jacob and Helena Rees-Mogg to their sixth child born recently. Sixtus V was the last Pope of this name, elected in 1567. Read more

Clergy Moves 2017

I am very grateful to the following priests who have accepted new appointments which will become effective in September. Read more

In Memoriam - Kevin McNamara KSG

It is worthwhile to mourn the passing of Kevin McNamara, the former Member of Parliament for Hull North, a left of centre member of the Labour party and a committed Catholic. He died at the age of 82 on 6 August, the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Read more

Prayers for Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor

In the past 24 hours it has been announced that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is seriously ill at this time. Cardinal Cormac is the retired Archbishop of Westminster and former President of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. Read more