Timothy Rees

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Timothy Rees
Bishop Timothy Rees

Timothy Rees MC CR (15 August 1874 – 29 April 1939) was a Bishop of Llandaff.

Timothy Rees was a Cardiganshire man, educated at Lampeter and subsequently pursued a monastic vocation at the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield in Yorkshire. When in 1931 he became Bishop of Llandaff he was the first member of a religious community to be appointed to an Anglican see in Wales for over three centuries. He was a distinguished speaker both in English and Welsh and a respected hymnographer.

He was born to David Rees and his wife Catherine at Llain, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Cards. The National Library of Wales, and others, report his birth as 15 August 1874, though other sources claim 1869.


He was educated at Ardwyn School, Aberystwyth, the College School, Lampeter, and St David's College. He graduated B.A. in 1896. After a year at St Michael's College, Aberdare, he was ordained deacon in December 1897, and priest a year later.[citation needed]


He served two years as curate at Mountain Ash, then returned to S. Michael's College as lecturer. In 1906 he joined the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, Yorks. He served there until his appointment as Bishop of Llandaff in 1931, which position he held until his death on 29 April 1939.[citation needed]


He served as chaplain to the Forces for five years, from 1914 to 1919 and was awarded the M.C.[citation needed]


He is the author of several hymns including "Holy Spirit, ever living as the church's very life," "God is love, let heaven adore him," and "O crucified Redeemer."[1] His "Hymn for the Saints of Wales" can be found in this discussion thread.



Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Joshua Pritchard Hughes
Bishop of Llandaff
1931 –1939
Succeeded by
John Morgan