Diocesan press releases

From Safaris to the Church in Wales – a new minister joins the team in Bro Ardudwy

The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Tony Hodges as Assistant Vicar in the Bro Ardudwy Ministry Area, which serves the communities around Harlech, Dyffryn Ardudwy and Barmouth. He will work alongside Bro Ardudwy’s Ministry Area Leader – Canon Beth Bailey – as member of Bro Ardudwy’s ministry team on a half-time basis.

A native of Merthyr Tydfil, Tony trained for ordained ministry at St Marys’ College, Oscott, England and St Patrick’s College, Carlow, Ireland. He was ordained deacon in 1990 and priest in 1991 for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff, where he worked as parish priest in various parishes throughout south-east Wales.

Tony has been a chaplain to deaf and hard of hearing people since his ordination and regularly signed services throughout Wales. He has also worked at Luz – Saint Sauveur in the south of France where, with another priest, he looked after the Luz Pastoral Area comprising 17 churches.

He is a proud member of the Gorsedd, which was given to him in recognition for his work in promoting Welsh language and culture as parish priest in Cardiff. His bardic name is Glas y Dorlan (Kingfisher).

Tony is passionate about wildlife and nature and trained as Safari Field Guide and Trails Guide in Botswana and South Africa where he has family. He has worked for the RSPB as Mid-Wales Area Manager for Membership Development and trained as an ecological consultant.

Tony lives in Porthmadog with his civil partner Dominic, who also works for the Diocese of Bangor, as Director of Discipleship and Vocations. They have a house in Brittany, which is being slowly renovated, and both enjoy travel. They also share a passion for birding and the natural world.

Tony said, ‘I am looking forward to this next exciting challenge in my ministry and working closely with the people of Bro Ardudwy to answer God’s call to holiness.’

The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – said, ’Tony has enjoyed a varied career in his ordained ministry and his professional life. The Gospel value of love  – be it for God’s people or God’s creation – run through all that he has done. I’m sure that his experience will be an asset to the Bro Ardudwy ministry team. It is also good to welcome a member of the Gorsedd as part of our diocesan clergy again. Please do pray for Tony, Canon Beth and the people of Bro Ardudwy.’

Tony will begin his ministry in Bro Ardudwy at the start of December, and will be licensed at a special service on Sunday January 7th at 11am in St. John’s Church, Barmouth.