A new governing body is being introduced at Llandaff Cathedral and will include – for the first time in its history – the introduction of Lay Canons. It is hoped that the new Cathedral Chapter will revitalise the mission of the cathedral and inspire a renewal of faith.
The Cathedral Chapter – which comprises of the Chapter and the Greater Chapter – includes clergy and lay people from Wales’ political and civic life.
The Chapter, as the trustee body, will set the strategic direction of the Cathedral and will be responsible for management and governance of the Cathedral. The eight people who make up the Chapter were installed as Canons in June.
The Chapter will be supported by the Greater Chapter whose membership will act as ambassadors for the life of the Cathedral and critical friends to the trustees. Together, the Chapter and Greater Chapter form the Cathedral Chapter who, with the Dean, hold the responsibility for the life and witness of the Cathedral itself.
Twenty two people make up the Greater Chapter, including Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, and are to be installed as Canons on Sunday 29 September.
The Bishop of Llandaff June Osborne, says, “Llandaff Cathedral is not just the ‘Mother Church’ of the Anglican Diocese of Llandaff but is also one of Wales’ great treasures. As we approach the 900th anniversary of its foundation it is an exciting moment to be implementing a new scheme of governance, including the introduction of Lay Canons for the very first time. “
Bishop June adds, “Each Canon will bring with them knowledge of the wider world of South Wales, from civic and political roles to international development and deep-rooted insights into how our own society operates. Both the Cathedral and Diocese will be strengthened by these able and independent voices, and by their commitment to helping us proclaim that faith matters, and to build our capacity for pursuing the common good.”
The Dean of Llandaff Cathedral Gerwyn Capon, says, “I am proud that Llandaff Cathedral is taking such a bold step in radically changing its constitution – the first and only cathedral in Wales to do so. This demonstrates our commitment to embracing change to revitalise the Cathedral.
“I look forward to repositioning the Cathedral as the Mother Church of the Diocese of Llandaff and extending our reach into communities and civic life of Cardiff.”
The governing body has been introduced following a comprehensive review of the Cathedral in 2018, which recommended simplifying its governance structure and introducing a long-term strategic plan to ensure future growth.
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