Rev. Daniel Stanton (to be ordained priest July 22nd 2017)
I am originally from Maesteg. Before entering the seminary I was in university in London, reading Theology at St. Mary’s in Twickenham. I began formation for the priesthood in 2010. My first weekend in formation included the Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI, in which I was privileged to have my photograph taken with his Holiness and all the other seminarians from the dioceses of England and Wales. I spent my first year at St. Alan’s College, Valladolid, and then that last five and a half years at Oscott College, in Birmingham.
I was ordained to the diaconate on 25th June 2016 in the college chapel at Oscott. This was such an emotional day. Since January, I have been working with Canon Matthew Jones in the 3Churches parish, in the north of Cardiff. For me, this has been a time of affirmation and encouragement, both from the clergy and the parishioners, who have welcomed me with open arms.
I am in the last stages of preparation for ordination to the priesthood, on Saturday 22nd July at Cardiff Cathedral. Discerning a vocation to the priesthood is tough. Yet it is rewarding in such a way that it is difficult to put into words. Pope Benedict said that when people pray, vocations blossom. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood in our Archdiocese; and also pray for the gift of your priests, and the work that they do among us.