Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis care veniet.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Father John Paul Meredith

Thursday 6 April 1950 - Thursday 26 December 2013

Burial Date Tuesday 7 January 2014

Mass at 11am -St David's Cathedral, Cardiff, followed by burial at Porthcawl Cemetery at approximately 1.30pm

Obituaries » Father John Paul Meredith

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Monday 6 January 2014 – 6.00 pm Reception of Body and Mass: Our Lady & St Patrick, Maesteg

Tuesday 7 January 2014 –

 11.00 am Funeral Mass: St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff followed by burial at Porthcawl Cemetery at approximately 1.30 pm


It is with sadness that the Archdiocese of Cardiff announces the death of Father John Meredith on 26th December 2013 at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

He was sixty three years old, and had been priest for twenty five years.

John Paul Meredith was born on 6 April 1950 in Bridgend. He was educated at Cynffig Comprehensive School and went on to further education at Swansea College where he obtained an HND in Business Studies and became a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.  He put this expertise to good use in his fourteen year career as a Buyer for British Steel.

An Anglican by upbringing, he was received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church  in 1982.  Two years later he was accepted for the Diocese as a candidate for the priesthood and undertook his studies at St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John Aloysius Ward on 21 June 1988.

He served in a number of parishes: St. Helen’s Barry, St. Dyfrig’s Treforest, St Mary’s Bridgend.  He was Catholic chaplain at the University of Cardiff from 1994-1998, followed by eleven and a half years as parish priest in Cwmbran.  In 2009 he moved to Our Lady and St. Patrick, Maesteg.  Having obtained a Master of Arts in Theology at Lampeter, he served as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission and Diocesan representative on the Historic Churches Committee. He also served as Dean of North Gwent for ten years.

Diagnosed with cancer just six weeks ago, John intended to carry on as normal for as long as possible.  He accepted his illness with resignation and faith.  Although increasingly fragile, he managed to celebrate two Masses for Christmas for his parishioners at Maesteg.  This was typical of his humble, selfless commitment to his ministry.  May he rest in peace.

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