Fr Mark Soady, who is currently Chaplain to the University of Wales, Newport, and priest-in-charge of All Saints church in Brynglas, is to leave Newport at the end of the year to become Vicar of Abergavenny and Rector of Llanwenerth. The post became vacant following Canon Jeremy Winston’s appointment as Dean of Newport Cathedral.
Fr Jeremy’s last service as Vicar of Abergavenny will be Evensong on Sunday 4th September, at 6pm, to which all are welcome.
Fr Mark says: “I’m privileged to have been appointed to be Vicar of the Abergavenny Group of parishes. Fr Jeremy will not be an easy act to follow, but I believe my experience at St Mary’s, Tenby, and at Newport Cathedral has given me the grounding I need to build on his work.
“I will be sad to leave the University but, having developed good relationships within the University and laid a good foundation for the chaplaincy there, it is time to hand over the University Chaplaincy to someone else.”
Announcing the appointment, the Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Revd Dominic Walker OGS said: “I am delighted with the appointment of Fr Mark as Vicar of Abergavenny. He is a priest who is full of energy and wisdom and brings with him experience from his background in health care and politics. He is very much a ‘people person’ and relates well to those of all ages and backgrounds. I am grateful to Fr Mark for helping to establish the University Chaplaincy in Newport and I am sure he will build on the ministry of Canon Jeremy Winston who is moving to the city to become the new Dean of the Cathedral.”
Dr Peter Noyes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales, Newport, said:“On behalf of the entire University family, I would like to thank Fr Mark for his tireless work over the last three years. In everything he has done, from the joyous occasions to the support he has given to individual students and members of staff at difficult times, Mark has been a rock for Newport’s University.
“While everyone will be very sorry to see Mark move on, we are delighted that he will not be too far away and will be moving on to another exciting chapter in his work.”
Fr Mark started his ordained ministry in Tenby. He was appointed to the staff of Newport Cathedral in 2003 and has played a major part in the Cathedral’s Restoration Appeal. He was appointed the first Chaplain to the University of Wales, Newport, three years ago, serving also as priest-in-charge of All Saints in Brynglas. Before entering the ordained ministry he was a psychiatric nurse and he also served as personal assistant to the late Lord (Roy) Jenkins of Hillhead, and worked on democratisation programmes in Africa, Central & Eastern Europe.
It is expected that Fr Mark’s induction as Vicar of Abergavenny will be in the New Year. Canon Jeremy Winston will be installed as Dean of Newport Cathedral on 10 September 2011. The Installation at Newport Cathedral will be beamed ‘live’ to the Priory Centre in Abergavenny.