Anglican Catholic Church

Visitation & Confirmation in Wales

On Thursday 29th January the Bishop began his visit to Wales with a meal with the wardens of the St Asaph House Group near Swansea. On Friday 30th January Bishop Mead spent an extremely happy evening with Fr Miles Maylor, priest in charge of the ACC Fellowship of St Deiniol and St Asaph / Cymdeithas Saint Deiniol ac Asaph, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
He also met with 2 local Free Church Pastors (and the wife of one) Fr Maylor had invited to meet the Bishop. One of the ministers had presented our Mission with the chalice they use. Good conversation, meaningful fellowship and moving prayer followed. The bishop was grateful for their support of Fr Miles and our ACC work. Bishop Mead commenting on this said "... This is truly wonderful - may they be blessed and continue to be a blessing to the people committed to their charge. They are a welcome antidote to the open hostility we have encountered from other local Christian leaders, who should know better!"

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The Bishop with Fr Maylor at St Davids Cathedral.

The Bishop with Fr Maylor at St Davids Cathedral.


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A beautiful inlet in Solva - solfach - which was sheltered from the cold winds,

A beautiful inlet in Solva - solfach - which was sheltered from the cold winds,


On the morning of Saturday 31st January
Fr Maylor collected the Bishop from his hotel and took him out and about in Pembrokeshire.

A visit to the UKs smallest Cathedral City, St Davids, was followed by refreshment in a nice pub / restaurant most appropriately called The Bishops. Then a pleasant drive around the coast. A beautiful inlet in Solva - solfach - which was sheltered from the cold winds, was a nice diversion.

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The bishop with Margaret Bendelow

The bishop with Margaret Bendelow


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After the service

After the service


In the evening the Bishop Confirmed (Subconditione) Margaret Bendelow in Pembroke Dock, before Mass, which was celebrated by Father Maylor, at the home of Harry and Margaret.

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St Giles Chapel

St Giles Chapel


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Before the Confirmation

Before the Confirmation


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The Confirmation

The Confirmation


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Confirming Oliver

Confirming Oliver


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The Gospel is Proclaimed

The Gospel is Proclaimed


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The Bishop Preaches

The Bishop Preaches


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The Bishop with the newly confirmed Oliver

The Bishop with the newly confirmed Oliver


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A family photo

A family photo


On Sunday 1st February the Bishop confered the sacrament of Confirmation on Oliver Thomas James.

The Bishop then celebrated Mass (according to the Welsh Book of Common Prayer - a first for him - although it was in English).
A lovely group of people gathered at the newest ACC Mission in the beautiful 12th Century Chapel of St Giles in Upton Castle, Cosheston, Pembrokeshire, which has some amazingly beautiful gardens. The Bishop said "We are very grateful to the owners of the castle for their kindness, and hospitable charity in granting permission to use their beautiful chapel".

The Bishop returned home to Kent in the afternoon after a light lunch with Bendelows in Pembroke Dock.