Centenary Celebration: A view from the pew

Monday 20th June 2016 gave witness to the main Centenary celebration for the Archdiocese of Cardiff, when Archbishop George Stack offered a Mass of Thanksgiving in the presence of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Antonio Mennini and 19 Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.  Whilst a feature article of the event will be appearing soon, one person present at the Mass shares their reflection.

Archdiocese of Cardiff 100 Year Anniversary – Centenary Mass

Cardiff Cathedral – 20 June 2016

My name is Kate Warde. I am a young catholic from the Our Lady’s parish in Hereford. This year I am going to be travelling to the World Youth Day celebrations in Poland in July. In preparation for this I was invited to the Archdiocese Centenary Mass in Cardiff Cathedral on Monday and this is my impression of that wonderful event.

As the procession of priests and bishops began the history and significance of this Mass were evident. Priests from across the diocese and bishops from England and Wales were present and each had an important part to play in the service. Lead by Archbishop George Stack the Mass was in celebration and thanksgiving of 100 years of the Cardiff diocese. The format and flow was both patriotic and reflective. With Welsh hymns and prayers there was no mistaking which diocese was being celebrated! The service and Archbishop Stack’s sermon provided a wonderful insight into the development and achievements of the diocese. The celebratory and patriotic themes were also conveyed through the angelic voices of the choir. The church was filled with parishioners from across the diocese, from both Wales and Herefordshire, all celebrating these achievements. The pontificalia used also held historic significance with many being worn by previous Archbishops and Popes. Following the service a reception provided the opportunity for everyone to gather and enjoy food, drinks and each other’s company. This allowed members of different parishes the opportunity to meet and share stories.


I was thrilled to be part of this day – it was a true celebration of the heritage and history of the Archdiocese of Cardiff and all the people involved. Filled with thanksgiving and praise the service acted a reminder of what the diocese has achieved but also the exciting future that lies ahead.

Kate Warde is a young pilgrim travelling with the Diocese to World Youth Day in Poland (July 19th-August 1st).  She will be acting as correspondent for the diocese and the Bishops’ Conference during the pilgrimage.

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