Welcome to the Website of the Catholic Diocese of Menevia, South Wales (UK)
Croeso I wefan Esgobaeth Gatholig Mynyw, yn Ne Cymru (DU)
The Diocese is a small but ancient Christian Community, that can trace its roots back to St.David and the very origins of the Celtic Christian tradition. Today it aims to incorporate and preserve the best of that rich seam of tradition in a diverse, vibrant and multicultural society and all the challenges and opportunities that it brings.
The website is not only a place to access practical information about the Diocese and “what’s going on”, but also where to learn more about our Church, the Church in the World, and also help us to reflect on our Christian faith and vocation, and what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ and proclaim his “good news” of Justice, Peace, Forgiveness and Love in our world today.
It is very much a “work in progress”, and so if not all the information is immediately accessible and some pages remain under construction, please bear with us. A particular apology in advance to those of you who would like to access information in Welsh – due to the sheer work of translation the Welsh version of the website will not be up and running for quite some time – and if there is anyone ready and able to assist in the work of translating at least the essential pages, please do contact us (Fr.Ceirion Gilbert - firstname.lastname@example.org) But the Diocese remains committed to providing a fully bilingual service as much as resources allow.
“Rooted in Christ” and the unchanging riches of his grace, the Christian Community throughout history is called to the “noble adventure” of proclaiming with joy and hope the Good News of the Gospel of salvation to the world. The commission of the Risen Lord to his people – to go out into the world and be bearers of this news – compels us to rise to the challenge of speaking the languages of our times, so that – even in virtual worlds where all too often very different languages and logics hold sway – the work of Evangelisation continues and God’s Kingdom becomes reality in the here and now of life. “The Gospel lives in conversation with culture, and if the Church holds back from the culture, the Gospel itself falls silent. Therefore, we must be fearless in crossing the threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place.” ― Pope John Paul II
That is the mission of the Church, and this website should be, above all, an instrument towards achieving that goal, together.
From the address of Pope Francis to representatives of the Communications Media (Saturday March 16, 2013):
“Your work calls for careful preparation, sensitivity and experience, like so many other professions, but it also demands a particular concern for what is true, good and beautiful. This is something which we have in common, since the Church exists to communicate precisely this: Truth, Goodness and Beauty “in person”. It should be apparent that all of us are called not to communicate ourselves, but this existential triad made up of truth, beauty and goodness”
For the full text of the address go to http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/speeches/2013/march/documents/papa-francesco_20130316_rappresentanti-media_en.html