Dear Friends in Christ,
Electoral College to Elect a Bishop of Llandaff
I write to confirm what you will, by now, probably already know, namely that, at its meeting this week, the Electoral College of the Church in Wales was unable, after several ballots, to elect a new Bishop for the Diocese of Llandaff.
The College, made up of elected lay-people and clergy from each of the six dioceses of the Church in Wales, met over a period of three consecutive days. In discharging its important and sacred responsibility to seek a Bishop for your Diocese, it followed a well-established process, rooted in prayer, worship and quiet reflection. It was not simply a gathering of individuals chosen to carry out a purely administrative task.
According to the provisions of the Constitution of the Church in Wales, the right to fill the vacancy of the office of Bishop of your Diocese now rests with the Bench of Bishops. I write to assure you that, before exercising this right, the Bench will embark upon a process of consultation across the Church in Wales in order to ensure that we are able to consider a variety of both men and women thought to be suitable for appointment as your next Bishop. In common with others, you will soon hear more about that process.
During the continuing vacancy, I, as Senior Bishop of the Church in Wales, remain responsible for oversight of the spiritualities of Diocese of Llandaff and, for most purposes, I ensure that this responsibility is fulfilled through Bishop David Wilbourne, Archdeacon Peggy Jackson and Archdeacon Christopher Smith who are my Commissaries for the Archdeaconries of Margam, Llandaff and Morgannwg respectively. Bishop David will continue to fulfil agreed episcopal engagements. However, if the need arises for you to contact me directly, please feel free to do so.
With my love, prayers and very best wishes.