The Diocese is served by two bishops: the Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan as the Diocesan, and the Rt Revd David Wilbourne as the Assistant.
Barry Morgan has been Bishop of Llandaff since 1999 and Archbishop of Wales since 2003 having previously served as Bishop of Bangor 1993-99.
Born in the village of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, near Neath in South Wales, he read history at London, Theology at Cambridge and trained for the ministry at Wescott House, Cambridge. He studied for a doctorate whilst a university lecturer.
He has worked in a range of ministerial contexts – in parish ministry, as a university and theological college lecturer and university chaplain, and as an archdeacon, director of ordinands and as a continuing ministerial education officer.
He has served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and on the Primates Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion. He was a member of the Lambeth Commission which produced the Windsor Report 2004.
He has published a number of articles and books, his latest being a study of the work of the Welsh poet R. S. Thomas ‘Strangely Orthodox’.
He is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales, a fellow of Cardiff, UWIC, Bangor and Lampeter and until recently, was President of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. He has also chaired an inquiry on behalf of Shelter Cymru on homelessness in Wales.
He enjoys playing golf and reading novels as recreational activities.
BISHOP DAVID WILBOURNE
Bishop David was born in Derbyshire in 1955, schooled in Yorkshire, and studied Natural Sciences and Theology at Jesus College and Westcott House, Cambridge. Prior to ordination, David worked for Barclays Bank for six years and taught as a University Supervisor in New Testament and Koine Greek.
Ordained deacon in 1981 and priest the following year, he ministered first in urban Middlesbrough, then as rector of a semi-rural parish north of Pontefract, where, amongst other things, he ran a Ancient Greek class for twenty parishioners. In 1991 he moved on to be the Archbishop of York’s chaplain, working with John Habgood for four years prior to his retirement and then continuing to work with his successor, David Hope.
He was also Director of Ordinands, selecting men and women for the ordained ministry and taking them through training to their first post. In September 1997 he moved from Bishopthorpe to be Vicar of Helmsley, a moorland market town in North Yorkshire and for six years was chair of governors of Ryedale School, a high-achieving rural comprehensive. Archbishop John Sentamu made him a canon of York in 2008.
A son of a priest, David is married to Rachel, a history and RE teacher and parish website designer, and they have three daughters. His interests include cycling, hill walking and writing, particularly trying to strike a balance between the humorous and the poignant.
His first book, An Archbishop’s Diary, was published in 1995. This was followed by A Vicar’s Diary and A Summer’s Diaryabout which David comments: ‘When I was ten my family moved into the deep country 15 miles south east of York.The place was described in Arthur Mee’s East Riding as forlorn and far away – I think he was being over kind! But it was a place I grew to love, the fields, the farms, the Derwent and its Ings, the open countryside. It seemed natural to set my two novels there. In many ways I wrote the books in my head when I was ten. Then they simmered for thirty years before I set them down. I also wanted to celebrate people, the Church and the world around us. There’s a lot of humour, a lot of poignancy which is worth noting. I’m not very fond of the culture of contempt where we seem to run everything down.’ Both books are being sold by Llandaff Cathedral in aid of its Organ Fund.
His other two books are A Virgin’s Diary (the diary of a teenage Mary-with-attitude in the run up to Jesus’ birth) and You were made for me ( a study in how personal pronouns give away our faith and our take on life), and at present he is working on the authorised biography of John Habgood.
Prior to moving to Wales, David was a regular diarist in the Church Times for over 12 years and is a Member of the Society of Authors. He is a frequent after-dinner speaker, broadcaster, retreat and conference leader.
David was consecrated Assistant Bishop of Llandaff in April 2009. On his appointment he commented: ‘I have always admired the Church in Wales because it effortlessly combines friendliness with holiness, its Gospel one that is unashamed of its own tenderness: that strikes me as Anglicanism at its very best. Chiefly I come empty-handed, keen to listen, to learn and to affirm life in all its fullness. Then let’s see where God leads us from there.’
Some of Bishop David’s writings and sermons can be found here.
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