The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John has announced the appointment of the Reverend Canon Philip Barratt as the new Vicar and Ministry Area Leader of the Bro Cwyfan Ministry Area on Anglesey.
Bro Cwyfan serves the communities of Rhosneigr, Llanfaelog, Valley, Bodedern, Gwalchmai, Bryngwran and Llantrisant in the south-west of Anglesey.
Canon Philip is currently the Residentiary Canon of St. Deiniol’s Cathedral in Bangor and the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area and previously served in the Diocese of Manchester, as an incumbent and as Sub-Dean of Manchester Cathedral. Despite his Manchester roots, Canon Philip has deep famiy connections to North Wales, and began learning Welsh whilst in Manchester!
Canon Philip will be joined in Bro Cwyfan by the Reverend Llewelyn Moules-Jones, who is currently a curate at Bangor Cathedral and in the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area. Llew’s ministry as a curate he has been overseen by Canon Philip and this will continue in Bro Cwyfan
Looking forward to his new ministry, Canon Philip said, ‘I am grateful to Dean Kathy for the opportunity to minister at Bangor Cathedral and in Bro Deiniol alongside my clergy colleagues and the ministry team. But now I am really looking forward to coming to live in Valley and leading the mission and ministry of the church in Bro Cwyfan. It is an area which has a variety of communities and opportunities, which I pray that God will enable us to use to spread the message of the Gospel. ’
Canon Philip is a member of the Anglican Order of Cistercians, a pioneering monastic community, as well as being a trained musician. He is married to Irene, who recently retired as a primary school headteacher. They have a daughter, Sarah, who works in animal conservation in South Africa.
Also looking forward to ministry in Bro Cwyfan, the Reverend Llewelyn Moules-Jones said, ‘I am sorry to be leaving Bro Deiniol and the Cathedral, but I am pleased that I have the opportunity to continue my training under Canon Philip’s watchful eye. I have learnt much from him since I was first ordained just over a year ago and it will be good to have the opportunity to continue learning alongside him in a different context.’
Llew is from Anglesey, and a long pedigree of farmers on the island, where he still lives. He had taught Agriculture and Welsh in higher education for many years, before realising that he could no longer resist the calling to serve God.
The Very Reverend Kathy Jones – Dean of Bangor and Ministry Area Leader in Bro Deiniol – said, ‘I am delighted for Bro Cwyfan, who in Philip will welcome an experienced parish priest, who has a passion for the Welsh language and in Llew have someone who has a keen interest in ministry to children and young people. I have very much enjoyed working alongside them both and wish them every blessing in this new phase of their ministry.
The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – said, ‘This is truly a very exciting time for Bro Cwyfan. Canon Philip is a very experienced priest with prayer and the mission of the church at the heart of all he does. As well as continuing his training as a curate, I’m sure that Llew’s ministry will compliment that of Canon Philip and that they will both be invaluable members of the ministry team in Bro Cwyfan, offering it strong leadership and support, as the ministry area looks to grow.
Please do pray for Canon Philip, Llew, their families and the people and ministries of Bro Cwyfan, Bro Deiniol and our Cathedral Church in Bangor.’
A special service to celebrate Canon Philip’s new ministry in Bro Cwyfan will be held on Monday, September 24. A special service to celebrate Llew’s new ministry in Bro Cwyfan will be held during the autumn. All will be welcome to attend both services.