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Wales' youngest vicar starts work in Merthyr Tydfil
Father David Morris
At 24, Father David will begin his ministry at St Tydfil's Church, Merthyr

Wales' youngest vicar, 24-year-old Father David Morris, has celebrated his first service in Merthyr Tydfil.

Father David who begins his ministry at St Tydfil's Church in Wales parish church, Merthyr Tydfil worked as an assistant curate in the area for the past year.

Originally from Cymmer in the Rhondda Valley, he trained for the priesthood at St Michael's College, Llandaff.

Father David was supported by 270 people at his first service.

Father David's congregation at St Tydfil's came out in force to support him in his first service which took place the day after his ordination ceremony at Llandaff Cathedral. About 20 of his fellow clergy from churches in the local area also came to offer their support.

During the service Father David followed the tradition for a newly ordained priest celebrating their first service. He gave his mother, Hazel a bouquet of flowers to honour her and Mary the mother of Jesus and to give blessings for the first time.

Father David and the visiting clergy picture after his first service
Twenty clergy from the local area attended Father David's first service.

Father David admits that he felt called to the priesthood since the age of 14 and describes his ordination and first service as "moving and humbling occasions which I will remember for the rest of my life."

"I have very much enjoyed my time in Merthyr Tydfil, the people of the town are very welcoming and hospitable and I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received so far," he added.

"Merthyr Tydfil is a town that has known a great deal of hardship but despite its history, it has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a promising future, I hope that during my time here I will make a positive contribution to the current life and future of the town."

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