Roman Catholic Diocese of Menevia

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Diocese of Menevia
Dioecesis Menevensis
Esgobaeth Mynyw
St Joseph's Cathedral - - 264580.jpg
Country Wales
Territory Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Brecknock and Radnor
Ecclesiastical province Cardiff
Metropolitan Cardiff
Coordinates Coordinates: 52°00′29″N 4°30′18″W / 52.008°N 4.505°W / 52.008; -4.505
Area 9,310 km2 (3,590 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
26,200 (3.2%)
Parishes 55
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 12 May 1898
Cathedral Swansea Cathedral
Secular priests 30
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Thomas Matthew Burns
Metropolitan Archbishop George Stack
Vicar General
  • David Bottrill
  • Brian Kinrade
Episcopal Vicars Maz Clyne
Emeritus Bishops John Peter Mark Jabalé
Daniel Joseph Mullins
Diocese of Menevia within the Province of Cardiff
Diocese of Menevia within the Province of Cardiff

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Menevia is a Roman Catholic diocese in Swansea, Wales. It is one of two suffragan dioceses in the ecclesiastical province of Cardiff and is subject to the Archdiocese of Cardiff.


The Apostolic Vicariate of Wales was elevated to diocesan status on 12 May 1898 and had its seat at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Sorrows[1] until 1987 when the Diocese of Wrexham was created. The current configuration of the Diocese of Menevia covers the area roughly that of the ancient Diocese of St David's.[2] ("Menevia" was the Roman name for St David's.) The current bishop is the Right Reverend Thomas Matthew Burns S.M., the eleventh incumbent, who was appointed on 16 October 2008 to succeed the Right Reverend John Mark Jabalé O.S.B.

6th century bishop St Ismael is honoured on 16 June.[3]


  • 29 September 1850: Universalis Ecclesiae: The Roman Catholic Church in Wales is split between the Diocese of Shrewsbury in the north and the Diocese of Newport and Menevia in the south.
  • 4 September 1860: Belmont Abbey, Herefordshire, the cathedral priory of the Diocese of Newport and Menevia is consecrated.[4]
  • 4 July 1895: The Diocese of Newport and Menevia splits. Glamorgan, Monmouth and Herefordshire become the Diocese of Newport. The rest of Wales, including North Wales from the Diocese of Shrewsbury, becomes the Apostolic Vicariate of Wales.[5]
  • 12 May 1898: The Apostolic Vicariate of Wales become the Diocese of Menevia with Wrexham Cathedral as its pro-cathedral.[5]
  • 7 February 1916: The Diocese of Newport becomes the Archdiocese of Cardiff and it is decided that St. David's church in Cardiff would become its cathedral.[5]
  • 12 March 1920: St David's Cathedral, Cardiff is officially made the metropolitan cathedral of the Archdiocese of Cardiff.[5]
  • 12 February 1987: The Diocese of Menevia is split. The north becomes the Diocese of Wrexham with its cathedral remaining in Wrexham. The south remains the Diocese of Menevia and sets up Swansea Cathedral.[5]


There are 27,561 Catholics in the diocese which is served by 34 diocesan priests, 19 religious priests, 9 non-ordained male religious and 100 female religious. There are 34 Catholic educational institutions in the diocese.[6]

The geographic remit consists of the City and County of Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, and the traditional counties of Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire - an area of 9,310 square kilometres (3,590 sq mi) roughly.

The cathedra is located at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea. Situated within the diocese is the Welsh National Shrine of Our Lady of Cardigan at Cardigan.


  • Francis Edward Joseph Mostyn † (4 July 1895 - 7 March 1921 appointed archbishop of Cardiff)
  • Francis J. Vaughan † (21 June 1926 - 13 March 1935 died)
  • Michael Joseph McGrath † (10 August 1935 - 20 June 1940 appointed archbishop of Cardiff)
  • Daniel Joseph Hannon † (15 March 1941 - 26 April 1946 died)
  • John Edward Petit † (8 February 1947 - 16 June 1972 retired)
  • Langton Douglas Fox † (16 June 1972 - 5 February 1981 resigned)
  • John Aloysius Ward † (5 February 1981 succeeded - 25 March 1983 appointed archbishop of Cardiff)
  • James Hannigan † (13 October 1983 - 12 February 1987 appointed bishop of Wrexham)
  • Daniel Joseph Mullins (12 February 1987 - 12 June 2001 retired)
  • John Mark Jabalé (12 June 2001 - 16 October 2008 retired)
  • Thomas Matthew Burns (16 October 2008 - succeeded)


There are a total of five deaneries in the Diocese of Menevia, all of which cover several churches in that area, overseen by a dean.

The deaneries are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Menevia". Catholic Encyclopedia 1913. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  2. ^ "About the Diocese of Menevia". Diocese of Menevia. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ English Heritage retrieved 5 April 2014
  5. ^ a b c d e History from Cardiff Cathedral retrieved 5 April 2014
  6. ^ "Statistics". 2007-12-31. 

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