The Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, will be taking part a special service at St. Gallgo’s Church, Llanallgo, Anglesey, on Thursday evening (2 February 2017 – Candlemas) at 7.00pm to welcome and license the Rev’d Pauline Jones as the Associate Vicar of Bro Eleth with particular pastoral responsibility for the churches and communities of Llanallgo, Llaneugrad, Penrhosllugwy and Llanfihangel Tre’r Beirdd. Pauline is moving to live in the Rectory in Benllech.
A coach carrying 55 friends from her former parish of Langley in the Diocese of Manchester will be making the trip to Anglesey to support Pauline.
Pauline’s first service on a Sunday will be a group service at St. Michael’s Church, Penrhosllugwy on 5 February. The following day, Pauline will take part in the annual service to commemmorate the Rev’d Stephen Roose Hughes, who was vicar at the time of the Royal Charter shipwreck off the Moelfre coast in 1859. This bilingual service is lead by the young people from Ysgol Gymuned Moelfre.
A graduate in sociology with a background in administration, the Rev’d Pauline Jones comes to the Diocese of Bangor from the Diocese of Manchester where she was made deacon in 2010 and ordained priest in 2011. She has served since then in the Parish of Langley, where her vocation was nurtured and where prior to her ordination she served as Churchwarden, PCC Secretary, Treasurer and licensed Lay Reader. Since 2012, she has also been the Self Supporting Ministry Officer for the Archdeaconry of Rochdale as well as being a hospital chaplain from 2013 to 2015.
She is married to Phil, whom she met in school and they have two grown up sons, Christopher and Paul. In her spare time she enjoys gentle walks; listening to soothing music; reading and watching tennis. She is an avid Andy Murray fan!
Looking forward to her new role, Pauline said, “I am delighted to be joining the Diocese of Bangor as an Associate Priest in the Bro Eleth Ministry Area and am excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. I am really looking forward to getting to know the people, the churches and the communities and to working with them as, together, we seek to discover God’s call on our lives and to play our parts in carrying out his mission in Bro Eleth.”
The Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale said, ‘We will be extremely sorry to lose Pauline but delighted to know that she will be continuing to serve the Church on Anglesey. Pauline has exercised a very valuable ministry, not only in the benefice of Langley but across the Manchester Diocese in her capacity as SSM Officer for the Rochdale Archdeaconry. She has a clear passion for the gospel and will be a good, supportive and trusted colleague to lay and ordained alike. We wish her and the parishes in which she will be serving every blessing as they begin a new chapter together.’
The Bishop of Bangor said “We are delighted to welcome Pauline into the family of the Diocese of Bangor. She comes to us with many gifts but above all a pastoral heart for all God’s people and we know that the people of Bro Eleth will be richly blessed through her ministry”.