Sunday, December 7, 2008


The Dean of St. Davids Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Wyn Evans, was elected as the 128th bishop of the diocese by the Electoral College of the Church in Wales, at a lock-in meeting at the cathedral on Sept. 1.

Rev. Evans, 61, has served as dean for the past 14 years, during which time he was the driving force behind the £10m cathedral restoration project, which included the acclaimed rebuilding and expansion of the historic cloisters area.

Evans grew up in Aberystwyth, the son of the vicar of Aberystwyth, Efion Evans. He was educated at Ardwyn Grammar School, Aberystwyth, then studied archaeology at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He trained for the priesthood at St. Michael's College, Llandaff 1968-71 and has served all his ministry in the Diocese of St. Davids.

Ordained as a priest in 1972, Wyn served as a minor canon at St. Davids Cathedral from 1972-75.

A keen historian, the dean is an honorary fellow of the University of Wales, Lampeter, and a leading expert on the lives of the early Welsh saints and St. Davids Cathedral. He has recently edited a book, titled 'St David of Wales - Cult, Church and Nation'.

He is married to Diane, a professional potter in St. Davids.

Watch video footage of the election here.

(Via BBC Wales)

Pictured: the former Dean of St. Davids Cathedral, the Very Rev. John Wyn Evans, with the Archbishop of Wales, Dr. Barry Morgan.

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