|Archbishop John to retire in May|
|Archbishop John is to retire in May after four years as leader of the Church in Wales.Archbishop John, who will shortly celebrate his 68th birthday, has also served as |
Bishop of Swansea and Brecon for the past 13 years. The 13th Archbishop of Wales, he was also the first Bishop of Swansea and Brecon to be elected as Archbishop. He will retire from both roles on May 2.
During his tenure as Archbishop, John Davies led the Church in Wales as it reached its centenary last year and also as it faced one of its toughest challenges in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Anglican Communion, Justin Welby,paid tribute to his wisdom and skill, describing him as a “valued colleague”.
Announcing his retirement, Archbishop John, said, “Leadership is both a privilege
and a challenge. During my time as both Bishop and Archbishop I have tried to
exercise the first and face the second with vision, courage and patience, always
hoping to make the Church better equipped, better understood, less mysterious andmore welcoming. In the current exceptionally trying circumstances, I have been
immensely impressed with the compassion, imagination and innovation with which
so many have responded, succeeding in making the Church more accessible and,
dare I say, relevant.
I thank all of them for that support, without which, the task would have been all but
impossible.” Archbishop John has been profoundly interested in matters of social justice, speaking out on a range of issues, including homelessness and housing, rural problems, assisted dying, organ donation and poverty. He has been chair of Housing
Justice Cymru since it was launched in 2016, and has served as a trustee of Christian Aid, chairing its Wales National Committee for almost nine years from 2010.
At the same time, he has focused on the need for the Church in Wales to refresh its
vision, its image and purpose, to embrace change and, through doing so, to aim for
growth. He has urged members to be more ambitious and courageous in evangelism and he oversaw the launch of a major £10m Evangelism Fund for projects aimed at
achieving better engagement with and fuller understanding of Christian life and the