A message from our Bishop-Designate
The Very Reverend June Osborne
The announcement that I am to become the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff was a very special moment for me personally, for the diocesan family and for those in Salisbury who will be saying farewell to me. I have no doubt that this is God’s call to me and I am profoundly grateful that the privilege to serve in this wonderful ecclesial community will be mine. Thank you to all who have already made me feel so welcomed or who have sent me good wishes and the promise of their prayers.
You may already know that Paul and I have lots of family in the diocese and he was born not that far from Llys Esgob so there is for us a great sense of returning to roots in this move. Our children – Meg and Tom – are also very excited that Llandaff is to be our home for the years to come.
My consecration will be in Brecon Cathedral at 14.30 on Saturday 15th July, and the Enthronement will be at 11am on Saturday 22nd July in our own Cathedral. It is my hope that we will be able to invite as wide a representation as possible from the diocese to both of these services and more information will be circulated to parishes in due course.
I’m aware that my appointment will be the cause of nervousness for some who find themselves unable to accept the orders of women. I want to reassure such brothers and sisters of my good faith in being all that they would expect of their bishop. No-one is required to accept women’s sacramental ministry in the Church in Wales although the Code of Practice in relation to the Ministry of Bishops, which was agreed by the Bishops following the Canon which enabled the ordination of women as Bishops, also recognises that we are fully and unequivocally committed to this kind of appointment. My hope is that every member of the diocesan community will feel valued and encouraged because the quality of our life together and the strength of our relatedness is hugely important to me.
A fresh start in ministry is always a new adventure. I’m very aware that I don’t yet know what I don’t know! I will be looking to my colleagues across all the parishes to discern with me the workings of God’s Spirit and to rejoice with me in His goodness. It is my prayer that together we will operate out of confidence and compassion, making a difference for God in our communities where we are already deeply planted.
So in these days of transition please pray for me as I will be praying for you.
For further information regarding this recent appointment, see the following press release: New Bishop of Llandaff Appointed
A prayer for the Bishop-designate
prepared by the Diocesan Spirituality Group
Almighty God, giver of all good gifts
through your Holy Spirit you have appointed many ministries within your Church;
bless your servant June, called to exercise the office and ministry of a bishop among us:
prepare her for this sacred calling ahead of her,
maintain her in your truth, renew her in your holiness
and make her your ever-faithful servant,
so that as a true shepherd, she may care for your people
and lead us in proclaiming the saving gospel of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Hollalluog Dduw, rhoddwr pob dawn ddaionus
trwy dy Lân Ysbryd penodaist amryw o weinidogaethau yn dy Eglwys;
bendithia dy wasanaethyddes June, a elwir i arfer swydd a gweinidogaeth
esgob yn ein plith:
paratoa hi ar gyfer yr alwad sanctaidd hon sydd o’i blaen,
cynnal hi yn dy wirionedd, adnewydda hi yn dy sancteiddrwydd
a gwna hi’n wasanaethyddes sy’n parhau’n ffyddlon i ti,
fel y gofala am dy bobl yn wir fugail
a’n harwain i gyhoeddi efengyl achubol dy gariad;
trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd. Amen.
The Diocese of Llandaff takes its name from the ancient cathedral that was established on the site of a church built by the Celtic saints in the 6th century.
Until 1920 the Anglican Welsh Church was part of the Church of England, but since that date we have been independent and autonomous, drawing up our own procedures, rules and regulations, while observing what is happening in our sister Churches of the Anglican Communion elsewhere in the UK and around the world.
The Diocese covers an area ranging from west of Neath to most of Cardiff in the east, from the Bristol Channel in the south to Merthyr Tydfil in the north.
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