What causes a person to enter the world of religion as a profession? Each religious tradition has its own style of professional ministry, and no two journeys are alike. In 2010, the Catholic Church in the UK marked the end of its “Year of the Priest” by the publication of a book featuring thirteen priests – one of them being the University of Glamorgan’s Catholic Associate Chaplain, Revd Dr Gareth Leyshon.
February 8, 2011
» Glamorgan Chaplain in Print
No Ordinary Calling – Stories of Priestly Vocation is a diverse collection. Some of the contributors focus on how they became priests, others tell of the work they have done since being ordained into ministry. Most work in parishes, but the line-up includes a monk and a military chaplain. Two hold doctorates. Most are only a few years into their priesthood, but some tell stories from a lifetime’s experience of priestly work. Only one is currently based in Wales and only one is currently a University Chaplain – a double honour for Glamorgan!
Gareth Leyshon was appointed as an Associate Chaplain to the University of Glamorgan in February 2007, and was ordained priest in May of the same year. He is based at the main Chaplaincy on Tuesday mornings and in the Glyntaf office on Thursdays, celebrating Mass at both sites during term-time. Holding a first class Theology degree from Surrey and a doctorate in Astrophysics from Cardiff, he currently looks after the Chaplaincy’s I.T. needs and internet channels, spending the rest of his working week taking care of St Dyfrig’s Church, Treforest, where he is priest-in-charge. In the book recently published, he tells the story of how he made the ‘longest journey’ from being an undergraduate in Keble College, Oxford, to ordination as a Catholic priest in St Dyfrig’s in 2007.
Copies of No Ordinary Calling are available, cost £10, from 20 Llantwit Road and from the Chaplaincy Room in the Tramsheds building, Lower Glyntaf.
Rev Dr Gareth Leyshon can be contacted through the Chaplaincy, tel. (65) 4060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.