New Ecumenical Companions at Cathedral
Two new Ecumenical Companions have been appointed at Hereford Cathedral by the Bishop of Hereford, in consultation with the Chapter.
The roles are an opportunity to honour friends of other Christian denominations who they work closely with in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Father Cadfan Williams, of Belmont Abbey and Mr Steve Sully, of Challenge Community church, Hereford join two other Ecumenical Companions - Bishop Ark and Bishop Elisabeth, joint bishops in the Lutheran church of Nuremberg.
Previous Ecumenical Companions have included the Abbot of Belmont, the Reverend Bill Anderson, chair of the Birmingham District of the Methodist church and Reverend David Meachem, Minister of St John's Methodist church in Hereford.
As a monk at Belmont, Father Cadfan has served as guestmaster to the community and is a well- known figure in Hereford. He is a regular visitor to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham and at Lourdes. He is also a Chaplain to a group from south Wales when they visit Lourdes.
He has been asked by the Abbot of Belmont to have a particular regard to Ecumenical matters and so his appointment as a Companion is particularly appropriate.
Steve Sully was born in Bristol and moved to Hereford in 2003. He was appointed Elder at Challenge Community Church in 2011 and became Pastor in January 2017. Challenge Community Church is an independent evangelical church which works in community outreach and Mr Sully was involved in establishing the Street Pastors scheme in Hereford, serving as area co-ordinator until the end of 2016.
Father Cadfan and Steve Sully will be welcomed as Ecumenical Companions by the Bishop of Hereford on Sunday 19 March, during Evensong at 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Speaking of the appointment, the Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd. Michael Tavinor said:
‘I firmly believe that our Ecumenical Companions play an important part in embodying our commitment to working together as Christians, whatever our denomination."
"Our cathedral life is greatly strengthened by these links and we look forward to welcoming Steve and Father Cadfan to be part of our Foundation and Community."
"I feel sure that their appointment will provide new and exciting opportunities of working together for Christ’."