NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
For a thousand years it has stood as a beacon of prayer and hope. But what
a tragedy struck Paris and the French nation on Monday evening at the
Cathedral of Notre Dame. It is a beautiful creation that resides at the
very heart of French life and in the hearts of French people wherever they
happen to be, of whatever faith or none. It has struck chords in all people
of good will who have walked through its doors into an arena of peace and
calm. Some years ago, after wondering at the flying-buttresses that
supported the thick stone walls, I had entered under that roof, never
conscious of the vulnerability of its wooden structure. As I saw on
television on Monday evening the fire raging through the roof, and the spire disintegrating piece by piece, I felt a lump in my throat.
I shared with the people of France my sense of having once touched something quite unique. For, it had been my privilege, as Bishop of HM Forces, to preach from the Cathedral’s vast pulpit on Remembrance Sunday just over a decade ago. Now this was another sad occasion to remember, though thankfully without any loss of life. As York Minister was resurrected from the flames some years ago, and similarly Windsor Castle in more recent times, may the experts in restoring ancient buildings combine their God-given skills to re-building Notre Dame de Paris. May it rise from the ashes to fulfil its function as God’s House in this world and to re-assure us that such a building evokes belonging and inspires us to greater things. It is still greatly needed, if not even more so now. – Bishop Tom M Burns, Bishop of Menevia, South Wales, formerly Bishop of HM
The Diocese is a small but ancient Christian Community, that can trace its roots back to St.David and the very origins of the Celtic Christian tradition. Today it aims to incorporate and preserve the best of that rich seam of tradition in a diverse, vibrant and multicultural society and all the challenges and opportunities that it brings.
The website is not only a place to access practical information about the Diocese and “what’s going on”, but also where to learn more about our Church, the Church in the World, and also help us to reflect on our Christian faith and vocation, and what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ and proclaim his “good news” of Justice, Peace, Forgiveness and Love in our world today.
It is very much a “work in progress”, and so if not all the information is immediately accessible and some pages remain under construction, please bear with us. A particular apology in advance to those of you who would like to access information in Welsh – due to the sheer work of translation the Welsh version of the website will not be up and running for quite some time – and if there is anyone ready and able to assist in the work of translating at least the essential pages, please do contact us. But the Diocese remains committed to providing a fully bilingual service as much as resources allow.
“Rooted in Christ” and the unchanging riches of his grace, the Christian Community throughout history is called to the “noble adventure” of proclaiming with joy and hope the Good News of the Gospel of salvation to the world. The commission of the Risen Lord to his people – to go out into the world and be bearers of this news – compels us to rise to the challenge of speaking the languages of our times, so that – even in virtual worlds where all too often very different languages and logics hold sway – the work of Evangelisation continues and God’s Kingdom becomes reality in the here and now of life. “The Gospel lives in conversation with culture, and if the Church holds back from the culture, the Gospel itself falls silent. Therefore, we must be fearless in crossing the threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place.” ― Pope John Paul II
That is the mission of the Church, and this website should be, above all, an instrument towards achieving that goal, together.