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New Parish Priest and Dean

Father Gareth JonesLast Wednesday, Archbishop Stack met with the Clergy of Bridgend Deanery to propose the pastoral strategy for the present time. It has been announced today in the Bridgend Deanery that Father Gareth Jones is to succeed Father Isaac as Parish Priest of Bridgend and Dean of the Deanery, and he will succeed Father John Meredith (RIP) as Parish Priest of  Aberkenfig and Maesteg. Father Jones will also remain as Chaplain to the Cardiff University.

A little about Father Jones…

I was ordained a priest in 1994. I served curacies in Maesteg, Bridgend, Newport and Cardiff. I undertook further higher studies in United States and Venice. I was appointed the Catholic Chaplain to Cardiff University in 2009.

Areas of Interest:
I try to put my canon law degrees to good use by taking on contentious cases when approached by solicitors. I only tend to say yes when I’m told their previous requests for legal assistance have met with refusals. I enjoy hill walking, the opera, theatre and Jazz. I enjoy hosting the Chaplain’s Tuesday Dinners (February – May) when I welcome a dozen staff and students to join me for dinner in my dining room. The conversation is always varied. I end the evening with an invitation to try one of my homemade infusions. In Rome one would never end without a grappa or limoncello, so I decided when I came to the University to introduce the custom and experiment in making my own: my latest libation is liquorice and lime. Not for the faint hearted!

Due to these changes Father Jones is unable to commit at the moment to celebrate our third Thursday of the month Mass at the Chaplaincy, however the FIRST THURSDAY of the month Mass with Dom Antony Tumelty OSB will remain at 7.00pm at the Chaplaincy.

Please keep Father Jones and Father Issac in your prayers, as the take up their new parishes and also Dom Antony Tumelty OSB.

OBITUARY – FATHER JOHN MEREDITH

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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 63 years old, and had been priest for 25 years.

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