Today – his 70th birthday – marks the retirement of the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Dr. Barry Morgan.
He has been Archbishop of Wales for almost 14 years and is the longest serving Archbishop in the Anglican Communion. He has been a bishop for 24 years, being Bishop of Bangor for 7 years, before his translation to the Diocese of Llandaff.
Commenting on Archbishop Barry’s retirement, the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, said, “The Church in Wales is today saying farewell to the person who has been at its heart, proclaiming the Gospel and Jesus’ love, for so many years.
“Before becoming bishop of this Diocese, Archbishop Barry, had served here as Warden of Church Hostel (Bangor University Chaplain), Archdeacon of Meirionnydd and Rector of Cricieth.
“Throughout his ministry he valued honesty from himself and others. Despite the challenges and pressures of the important offices he held, he always retained the pastoral heart of a caring and loving priest, even when he disagreed with people theologically.
“The way in which he lovingly cared for his wife Hilary during her illness until her untimely death last year, and yet continued to minister Christ’s love throughout is an example to us all.
“On behalf of the Diocese of Bangor, I wish to thank Archbishop Barry for his ministry and we shall be praying that his retirement will be long and fulfilled.”