Diocese of St David's

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Diocese of St David's
Esgobaeth Tyddewi
St Davids Diocese Logo.jpg
Sable, a cross Or with five cinquefoils sable
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical province Wales
Archdeaconries St David's, Cardigan, Carmarthen
Cathedral St David's Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Joanna Penberthy
Dean Jonathan Lean
Archdeacons William Strange, Archdeacon of Cardigan
Roger Hughes, Archdeacon of Carmarthen
Dennis Wight, Archdeacon of St David's
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales

The Diocese of St David's covers the historic extent of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, and Pembrokeshire, together with a small part of western Glamorgan. The episcopal see is the Cathedral Church of St David in the City of St David's, Pembrokeshire. The present cathedral, which was begun in 1181, stands on the site of a monastery founded in the 6th century by Saint David.

The diocese is divided into the three archdeaconries of St David's, Carmarthen and Cardigan. The bishop's residence is Llys Esgob in Abergwili, Carmarthenshire.


An engraving of St. David's Cathedral c.1790 with an account of its history

The history of the diocese of St David's is traditionally traced to that saint in the latter half of the 6th century. Records of the history of the diocese before Norman times are very fragmentary, however, consisting of a few chance references in old chronicles, such as 'Annales Cambriae' and 'Brut y Tywysogion' (Rolls Series).

Originally corresponding with the boundaries of Dyfed (Demetia), St David's eventually comprised all the country south of the River Dyfi and west of the English border, with the exception of the greater part of Glamorganshire, in all some 3,500 square miles (9,100 km2). Until 1852 the diocese also included some parishes in Herefordshire.

The diocese assumed its current extent in 1923, when the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon was created from the eastern part of the diocese.[1]

The office of Bishop of St David's has existed since the founding of the cathedral. The current bishop, the 129th, is Joanna Penberthy, whose election was confirmed on 30 November 2016,[2] whose consecration was scheduled for 21 January 2017 at Llandaff Cathedral, and whose enthronement in St Davids Cathedral was scheduled for 11 February 2017. She became the first woman ordained a bishop in the Church in Wales upon her consecration.[3]


  1. ^ History of the Diocese of St David's
  2. ^ Church in Wales — Election of Wales’ first woman bishop is confirmed (Accessed 5 January 2017)
  3. ^ "New Bishop of St Davids elected". churchinwales.org.uk. The Church in Wales. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°52′55″N 5°16′04″W / 51.8819°N 5.2678°W / 51.8819; -5.2678