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Former research scientist is Bishop’s new Chaplain


A cleric who worked as a research scientist before training for ordination is to take up a new role as Chaplain to the Bishop of Llandaff.

It will be a return to living on the Cathedral Green for the Revd Dr Sarah Rogers whose father the Very Revd John Rogers retired as Dean of Llandaff in 1999.

Dr Rogers, 44, has been appointed as Chaplain by Bishop June Osborne and will be based at the Bishop’s office in Llandaff. She is due to start in the middle of next month.

Following her ordination in 2009, Sarah served as curate in Caerphilly for three years before moving to Abercynon as priest-in-charge and being appointed as the Diocesan Youth Chaplain in 2012.

The daughter of a priest, Sarah grew up in a vicarage and moved around South Wales with her family living in the parishes of Caldicot, Monmouth and Ebbw Vale and finally Llandaff.

It was while her father was Dean of Llandaff that Sarah lived on the Cathedral Green, in the Deanery, while she was studying for her PhD. She has a twin brother Paul who also works for the church, heading up the Stipends Section of the RB.

Prior to ordination, Sarah studied Biochemistry at the University of York and went on to do a PhD at Cardiff University, working as a research scientist for many years, particularly focusing on Salmon Development, Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, Heart Disease & Atherosclerosis. She has a three-year-old Collie called Rowan.

Dr Rogers said, “I was delighted to be appointed as Chaplain to the Bishop of Llandaff.  Although I will miss Parish ministry, I am excited by this new role and look forward to supporting Bishop June in her ministry over the next few years.”

Bishop June said, “I’m delighted that Sarah is going to join the team which supports my ministry as bishop and know that she will bring great strengths to our service of the Diocese of Llandaff.  Sarah has a considerable knowledge of the diocese and is already well-respected as an able priest. In addition she will bring to the task of Bishop’s Chaplain research skills and a wise theological perspective. I’m hugely looking forward to having her as a colleague.”

The Revd Dr Sarah Rogers is pictured