Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff

Archdiocese of Cardiff
Archidioecesis Cardiffensis
Archesgobaeth Caerdydd

Coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Cardiff
Country Wales, England
Territory Historic counties of Hereford, Monmouth and eastern Glamorgan
Ecclesiastical province Cardiff
Metropolitan Cardiff
Coordinates 51°36′00″N 2°56′46″W / 51.600°N 2.946°W / 51.600; -2.946Coordinates: 51°36′00″N 2°56′46″W / 51.600°N 2.946°W / 51.600; -2.946
Area 3,064 km2 (1,183 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
144,000 (9.6%)
Parishes 60
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1850
(As Diocese of Newport and Menevia)
(Elevated to Archdiocese of Cardiff)
Cathedral St David's Cathedral, Cardiff
Secular priests 62
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop George Stack
Vicar General Josepn Boardman
Episcopal Vicars Chris Fuse

The Archdiocese of Cardiff, shown in green,
within the Province of Cardiff

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff (Latin: Archidioecesis Cardiffensis; Welsh: Archesgobaeth Caerdydd) is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church which covers the south-east portion of Wales and the county of Herefordshire in England. The Metropolitan Province of Cardiff Wales and Herefordshire therefore covers all of Wales and part of England. Cardiff's suffragan dioceses are the Diocese of Menevia and the Diocese of Wrexham.


The origin of the modern diocese can be traced to 1840 when the Apostolic Vicariate of the Welsh District was created out the Western District of England and Wales. The Welsh District consisted the whole of Wales and the county of Herefordshire. When Pope Pius IX judged that the time was right to re-establish the Catholic hierarchy in Wales and England in 1850. The southern half of the Welsh District became the Diocese of Newport and Menevia and was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. It had its pro-cathedral at Belmont Abbey. In 1895, boundaries were redrawn, and the territory covering Glamorgan, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire was named the Diocese of Newport. Finally, in 1916, without further adjustment of boundaries, the territory was raised to the status of an archdiocese, and given the title Archdiocese of Cardiff. The Episcopal Seat is now located in Cardiff, at St David's Cathedral.[1]


As all of the Roman Catholic diocese in Wales are part of the ecclesiastical province of Cardiff the history of the archdiocese and its suffragan dioceses are intertwined:


The current ecclesiastical territory of the diocese comprises the local government areas of Cardiff, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Herefordshire. Altogether there are 61 parishes. On 19 April 2011, George Stack was appointed to succeed Peter Smith, who was translated to Southwark in 2010. He was installed as Archbishop on 20 June 2011.


Main article: Archbishop of Cardiff
Vicars Apostolic of the Welsh District
Bishops of Newport and Menevia
Archbishops of Cardiff


There are a total of six deaneries in the Archdiocese of Cardiff, each of which cover several churches in that area, overseen by a dean.

The deaneries include:[6]


  1. Catholic Province of Cardiff Wales and Herefordshire - Directory and Yearbook 2011 published December 2010 by authority of the Bishops of Wales - see page 8.
  2. 1 2 Obituary from The Tablet retrieved 5 April 2014
  3. 1 2 3 English Heritage retrieved 5 April 2014
  4. History from Belmont Abbey, Herefordshire retrieved 5 April 2014
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 History from Cardiff Cathedral retrieved 5 April 2014
  6. Deaneries from, retrieved 25 March 2015
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