Archive for October, 2019

November is the month of remembrance and we shall be doing just that here at the Priory.


We will remember our departed loved ones at a special service on Saturday November 2nd at 5.30pm. All those whose funerals we have conducted over the past year will be remembered at the Requiem Mass.



We will remember those who have died in the many conflicts of the last Century with a Service here at 10.50am on November 10th.

Our Vicar, Canon Mark Soady, will lead the Town’s Act of Remembrance from 10.30am in the Town Centre that day, and at 11am on November 11th he will lead the County’s Act of Remembrance at County Hall, Usk.



Also we will join people across the world on Sunday November 17th at 3pm as we remember all those who have died in Road Traffic accidents.  This service is organised in conjunction with Gwent Police.



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The Rt Hon & Rt Revd Lord Williams of Oystermouth (who as Dr Rowan Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury) will be preach at St Mary’s Priory Church at 11am on Sunday October 13th during a service at which he will be welcomed as Visitor of the Holywell Community.


As the Holywell new monastic Community celebrates its Fifth Anniversary Dr Williams, former Bishop of Monmouth & Archbishop of Wales, will take on the role held by another former Bishop of Monmouth, Bishop Richard Pain.

Although Bishop Rowan became Visitor in April of this year this is his first official visit to The Community. During the service the Prior will present Bishop Rowan with the  Visitor’s Pectoral Cross.

At the time of his appointment as Visitor  the Prior Canon Mark Soady said:

 The Community is honoured to have such a spiritual and learned person as its Visitor. Since the inception of the Community, Bishop Rowan has taken a great deal of interest in us – we are grateful for that.


IT being the  Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman that day, the Communion Motet contains words of a poem of his They are at rest , set to music by Edward Elgar. The Canonisation Ceremony will be at St Peter’s in Rome, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

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