Two welcome services are to be held to celebrate the arrival of a new priest-in-charge to the parishes of St German’s with St Saviour.
Father Phelim O’Hare moves just across the city centre – to minister in Adamsdown and Splott – from Canton where he has been team vicar for the past three years.
Special welcome services for Fr Phelim and his family will be held at both parish churches. There will be a vigil mass for the feast of Corpus Christi, on Wednesday, June 14, at 7.30pm at St Saviour’s. The following day, Thursday 15th June, at 7pm, St German’s will also welcome their new priest by celebrating the Corpus Christi mass. Both of these welcome masses will be followed by refreshments.
Fr Phelim, formerly a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, was previously Chaplain of the Cathedral School and a curate in Canton for two years before becoming full time team Team Vicar there in 2014.
While growing up in a faith family in Newry, County Down, from an early age, he felt a calling to enter the priesthood – serving as a Roman Catholic priest in a South Belfast parish for three years before discerning an additional call to marriage and parenthood.
Fr Phelim moved to Wales fifteen years ago, along with his wife Dr Annette Daly, with whom he has two sons. He worked as college chaplain and teacher at St David’s Catholic College for ten years before both he and his wife were received into The Church in Wales in 2012. Dr Daly also works for the Church in Wales as the Director of Education for the Diocese of Monmouth.
“I am very much looking forward to this next stage of ministry and I am delighted to have been asked to serve in these two thriving inner city communities. Whilst we will miss Canton, and the many friends we made there over the last five years, we are encouraged by the hospitality already shown to us by the people of St German’s and St Saviour’s,” he said.
“There is so much good work being done in both communities, from a very active Food Bank to a growing Dementia Cafe; it is clear that God has been active through the work and worship of the parishioners who are committed to making God’s kingdom known through works of charity and service. I can’t wait to join in and explore with each community how best we might grow and support each other in ministry in the months and years to come.”
There is an open invitation for people to attend one or both of the welcome services. In order to help plan the catering, wardens at both churches would be grateful to know in advance if you plan to attend.
St German’s – Peter Lovitt firstname.lastname@example.org
St Saviour’s – Glyn Perryman email@example.com
Pictures show Fthr Phelim at St German’s and at St Saviour’s