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New bishops in joint consecration

Wyn Evans (left) and Andrew John

Two new bishops have been consecrated in a joint service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

The Very Rev J Wyn Evans, Dean of St Davids, was consecrated as the 128th Bishop of St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

And the Ven Andrew John, Archdeacon of Cardigan, became the 81st Bishop of Bangor.

The service was presided over by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan after they were led into the cathedral in a procession.

The pair will replace the Rt Rev Carl Cooper, who stood down as Bishop of St Davids in May following intense media speculation over the breakdown of his marriage, and the Rt Rev Anthony Crockett, Bishop of Bangor, who died in June.

Both new bishops were elected while serving in the diocese of St Davids.


The pair were led into the cathedral on Saturday in a long procession of about 80 senior clergymen and church legal officials.

The procession also included a dozen other bishops, registrars, chancellors and archdeacons of the six Welsh dioceses, deans of the Welsh cathedrals and representatives from other Christian churches and Anglican provinces.

The address was given by the Rev Bob Fyffe, general secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

Following their consecrations, both bishops will be enthroned at their diocesan cathedrals.

The new Bishop of St Davids will be enthroned at St Davids Cathedral on December 6, 2008, at 1430 GMT, while the new Bishop of Bangor will be enthroned at Bangor Cathedral on January 24, 2009, at 1430 GMT.

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