The Bishop of Hereford, in consultation with the Chapter, has appointed two new Ecumenical Companions at Hereford Cathedral. Ecumenical Companions are allowed in the constitution and statutes of the cathedral and give the community an opportunity to honour friends of other Christian denominations with whom they work closely for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Previous Ecumenical Companions have included the Abbot of Belmont; The Revd Bill Anderson, Chair of the Birmingham District of the Methodist Church; and The Revd David Meachem, minister of St John’s Methodist Church, Hereford.

At present our two Ecumenical Companions are bishops Ark and Elisabeth, joint bishops in the Lutheran Church of Nuremberg.

The two new Ecumenical Companions are Father Cadfan Williams of Belmont Abbey and Mr Steve Sully of Challenge Community Church, Hereford.

 

Father Cadfan Williams

As a monk at Belmont, Father Cadfan has served as guest-master to the abbey and is a well- known figure in our community of Hereford. He is a regular visitor to the shrines of Our Lady at Walsingham and at Lourdes; at the latter he is chaplain to a group from South Wales. As he has now been asked by the Abbot of Belmont to have a particular regard to ecumenical matters, his appointment as a Companion is particularly appropriate.

 

Steve Sully

Steve Sully is a Bristolian by birth and moved to Hereford in 2003. He worships at Challenge Community church and was appointed an Elder in 2011 and Pastor in January 2017. Challenge is an independent evangelical church with community outreach high on the agenda. In 2013, Steve became involved in establishing street pastors in Hereford, serving as area co-ordinator until the end of 2016. 

Fr Cadfan and Steve will be welcomed as Ecumenical Companions by the Bishop of Hereford during Evensong on Sunday 19 March, which begins at 3.30 pm. All are 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 Fr 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.’