As I'm sure y'all know, last week the Most Rev. George Stack was enthroned as Archbishop of Cardiff in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St David. Pictures can be found on the bishops' conference flickr site, as well as here. His Grace's homily can be found here.
It was a joyful celebration with 114 priests (priests of the Archdiocese and a contingent from Westminster), 30 bishops, the emeritus Archbishop of Westminster and the Apostolic Nuncio as well as the leaders of numerous faith communities throughout South Wales and Herefordshire (the diocese covers a large portion of South Wales and the county of Herefordshire).
The choir sang Parry's I was glad as Archbishop Stack made his entrance to the Cathedral, which is the main reason why I will include the next link; this link is to the BBC's iplayer site and (hopefully) it will enable you to listen to the 30 minute show (it contains the edited 'highlights' of the enthronement), the programme begins with the choir singing. It also contains the entire homily preached by the Archbishop.
His Grace is off to Rome this week to receive the pallium from the Holy Father (Wednesday - Feast of SS Peter and Paul) please pray for him as he embarks on his new ministry here in Cardiff.
This picture, taken before the Enthronement of His Grace the Most Reverend George Stack, 7th Archbishop of Cardiff, shows myself with a seminarian of the Cardiff diocese who is now off to Oscott.
I thank you for your prayers, but ask for them to continue as I venture into the next phase of my life. As you may already know I was accepted by His Grace for formation to the Priesthood and will begin my studies with the propaedeutic year in Valladolid.
I also ask you to pray for Archbishop Stack as he undertakes his episcopal ministry in Cardiff.
I request your prayers at this time, as you may (or may not know) I made formal application to my home diocese this year and since then have taken part in all that the process requires; I met the bishop a few weeks ago and that went very well. I am now awaiting his decision and if it is positive (for me) I will also find out where I am going.
Therefore I ask your prayers for me, as you can imagine I am in a state of 'limbo' - I don't quite know what's going on, all I can do is trust in the Lord.
I thank you in advance for prayers, and I also wish to thank you for those you may have offered. Know that I will pray for you.