Provincial press releases

Bishop of Monmouth to retire

The Bishop of Monmouth, the Rt Revd Richard Pain, is to retire at the end of the month.

Bishop Richard has served the Diocese of Monmouth for 34 years, the last six as Bishop. He is retiring due to ill health following an absence of several months from his duties.

Throughout his ministry, Bishop Richard held a number of diocesan and provincial appointments with a particular interest in the selection, training and nurturing of clergy and other church leaders. As Bishop, he held the portfolio for ministry matters in the Province, and was chair of the Council of St Padarn’s Theological Institute. He has been instrumental in the development of new monastic communities as places of mission and formation for young Christians.

Bishop Richard began his ministry as a curate in Caldicot, having trained for ministry at St Michael’s College, Llandaff. He then served as parish priest in Six Bells and Cwmtillery, Risca, Overmonnow and Monmouth. He was Archdeacon of Monmouth from 2008 to 2013, also then serving as parish priest of the Mamhilad group of parishes. He was elected Bishop of Monmouth in 2013.

The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, said, “Bishop Richard has been a faithful and much loved priest to those he has served and a valued colleague to myself and the other bishops. I ask for your prayers for him and his wife Julie as they prepare for his retirement, and also for the Diocese as it embarks on an interregnum.

“The extended absence of a key, senior colleague brings additional pressures to others, and I am grateful to the senior staff team and those others who have taken on additional tasks and responsibilities during this time. I would also like to thank parishioners for the patience and understanding they have shown.

“In accordance with the Constitution of the Church in Wales, the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Monmouth will now continue under my oversight.”

Bishop Richard will retire on April 30. Arrangements for a farewell service for him will be announced shortly.