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Welsh language at St Michael’s College, Llandaff

09 May 2014


From the Principal of St Michael's College, Llandaff

Sir, - Your coverage of the warmth extended to St Michael's College during the discussion of its annual report at the Governing Body of the Church in Wales (Welsh Governing Body, 2 May) is very welcome. There was great appreciation of the work of the college and a desire that this should continue.

Your quotation of Canon Patrick Thomas is inaccurate, however. Canon Thomas praised the work of the college on its Welsh-language programme. When, however, Canon Thomas said that he was "disturbed that nobody was involved who was working in a bilingual ministry", he was not referring to the college. He was, rather, referring to the authors of the report on the future of training.

He felt that the report should have included people who spoke Welsh, and appreciated the importance of bilingual ministry.

I have spoken to Canon Thomas, and he feels that it is important that this mistake in your report of the debate should be corrected. The reality is that a number of our students are placed in bilingual parishes, including Canon Thomas's. The college also has a strong programme every week of tuition in the Welsh language, and the bulk of our worship is bilingual.

Staff at the college are preparing a response to the report, which we hope will be accepted by the Bishops when they meet in June.

What is important is that both formation and the promotion of Welsh culture and language are at the centre of all training for ministry. The debate at the Governing Body recognised this, which is very encouraging.

St Michael's College
Llandaff CF5 2YJ

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