John Thomas (Bishop of Swansea and Brecon)

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John James Absalom Thomas (17 May 1908–27 February 1995[1]) was the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon from 1958[2] until 1976.[3]

Thomas was educated at the University of Aberystwyth and Keble College, Oxford, and was ordained in 1932.[4] He held curacies at Llancaiach and Sketty after which he was the Bishop’s Messenger and Examining Chaplain for the Swansea diocese. He was then Warden of Church Hostel, Bangor, and a lecturer at the University College of North Wales until 1944. Following this he was Vicar of Swansea and then Archdeacon of Gower - before being enthroned as Bishop of Swansea and Brecon on 2 February 1958.[5] He retired in 1976.


  1. ^ Who was Who 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Electoral College Reaches Decision Ven. J. J. A. Thomas New Bishop Of Swansea The Times Friday, Nov 29, 1957; pg. 7; Issue 54011; col F
  3. ^ Diocesan web site
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  5. ^ "Bishop Of Swansea Enthroned Emphasis On Church Unity", The Times Monday, 3 February 1958, p. 10.
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Glyn Simon
Bishop of Swansea and Brecon
Succeeded by
Benjamin Vaughan