Diocesan press releases

New priest for city centre church

Cardiff’s new city centre vicar the Revd Sarah Jones is to be licensed tomorrow (October 18) in a special service at St John’s Church.

Sarah moves to Wales from the Diocese of Hereford where she was Rector of the Benefice of Ross with Walford and Brampton Abbotts.

Taking the helm of one of the city’s most well-known churches – St John the Baptist, right in the heart of the capital, she will be licensed by the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne. All are welcome to the service at 7.30pm.

Writing in this month’s parish magazine she said, “I am so looking forward to getting to know you all and the community beyond St John’s and to beginning to understand the issues you face and the hopes that you have. I feel privileged to have been appointed as your new vicar at this exciting time for St John’s and for Cardiff.

“I have a passion for social justice and equality and I believe that a church community can do great things if it puts its mind to it.”

Area dean of Cardiff, Canon Stewart Lisk said, “We are delighted to welcome Sarah to Cardiff and look forward to getting to know her and working with her.”

Sarah continued, “This is such an exciting job as the unique central location of St John’s puts it in an ideal spot to be the window of the diocese in the capital city. It’s perfectly placed to engage with local government, the university, city centre workers and shoppers as well as those who live in the parish.

“There is so much good work already been done so my first job will be to listen and to learn and then together to plan what comes next. I really do believe in community and a good church community listens and talks and does things together,” she added.

For the past 14 years Sarah has been based around parish groupings in Ross on Wye and has been Rector of Ross in Hereford Diocese for almost 11 years. Previously she has lived in Northamptonshire, Sheffield and Birmingham.

Hailing originally from London, where she lived until her mid-twenties, the keen musician worked in sales and management and training roles before returning to education as a mature student to study Experimental Psychology. After university she ran a consultancy in addition to playing on the acoustic music scene before finally putting herself forward as a candidate for ordination.

Sarah occasionally speaks to groups on issues of Diversity and Inclusion and also stages concerts every now and then. Her other interests include watching football, cricket, rugby and gymnastics.

Sarah takes over at St John’s from Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones who left the diocese in the Spring after four years in the post to become Dean of St David’s Cathedral.