Bishop of Monmouth

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Bishop of Monmouth
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Monmouth.svg
Richard Pain
Province Wales
Diocese Monmouth
Cathedral Saint Woolos's, Newport
First incumbent Charles Green
Formation 1921
Website Bishop of Monmouth

The Bishop of Monmouth is the diocesan bishop of the Church in Wales Diocese of Monmouth.

The episcopal see covers the historic county of Monmouthshire with the bishop's seat located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Woolos in Newport, which had been elevated to that status in 1921.

The bishop's residence is Bishopstow, which is in central Newport.

The diocese is one of two new ones founded in 1921 when the Church in Wales became independent of the established Church of England. The current bishop is Richard Pain, who was previously the Archdeacon of Monmouth before being elected Bishop of Monmouth. The previous bishop was Dominic Walker, previously area Bishop of Reading in the Church of England and who retired on 30 June 2013. The Diocese of Monmouth has also produced a Welsh archbishop in Rowan Williams, who was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002 - the first Welsh bishop to hold that post since the English Reformation in the 16th century. He was also the Archbishop of Wales at the time of his appointment to Canterbury and was styled as "Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Monmouth".

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Monmouth
From Until Incumbent Notes
1921 1928 Charles Green Consecrated on 21 December 1921; translated to Bangor on 25 September 1928.[1]
1928 1940 Gilbert Joyce Previously Archdeacon of St David's; conscecrated bishop on 30 November 1928; resigned in April 1940; died on 22 July 1942.[2]
1940 1945 Alfred Monahan Previously Archdeacon of Monmouth; conscecrated bishop on 24 August 1940; died in office on 10 August 1945.[3]
1945 1967 Edwin Morris Consecrated bishop on 1 November 1945; also was Archbishop of Wales 1957–1967; resigned on 31 December 1967.[4]
1968 1971 Eryl Thomas Previously Dean of Llandaff; elected bishop on 14 February and conscecrated on 29 March 1968; translated to Llandaff on 11 December 1971.[5]
1972 1986 Derrick Childs Previously Principal of Trinity College, Carmarthen; elected bishop on 25 January and conscecrated on 23 May 1972; also was Archbishop of Wales 1983–1986; retired in the summer of 1986; died as result of a motor accident in 1987.[6]
1986 1991 Clifford Wright Previously Archdeacon of Newport; elected and consecrated bishop in 1986; retired in 1991.[7]
1991 2002 Rowan Williams Previously Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford and canon of Christ Church; elected bishop on 5 December 1991 and consecrated on 1 May 1992; also was Archbishop of Wales 1999–2002; translated to Canterbury in 2002; master of Magdalene College, Cambridge 2013.[8]
2003 2013 Dominic Walker OGS Previously Area Bishop of Reading; elected bishop in December 2002 and enthroned on 30 March 2003.[9]
2013 Present Richard Pain Previously Archdeacon of Monmouth; elected bishop on 23 July 2013 and enthroned on 19 October 2013.[10]


  1. ^ Charles Green. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  2. ^ Gilbert Cunningham Joyce. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  3. ^ Alfred Monahan. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  4. ^ Alfred Morris. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  5. ^ Eryl Thomas. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  6. ^ Derrick Childs. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  7. ^ Clifford Wright. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  8. ^ Rowan Williams. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  9. ^ Dominic Walker . The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.
  10. ^ [1]. The Church in Wales. Retrieved on 19 October 2013.
  11. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 295. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  12. ^ "Historical successions: Monmouth". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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