A keen poet, comedy fan and fervent supporter of Wales at international football matches is to be installed as an honorary canon of St Asaph Cathedral.
The Revd Dr Manon Ceridwen James, who was among the first women to be ordained priest in 1997, will be installed during Choral Evensong on 27 March. She is a fluent Welsh speaker and was the first priest to conduct a service in Welsh at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham.
Manon is the Director of Ministry for the Diocese of St Asaph and some of her key responsibilities include the discernment and selection procedures for lay and ordained ministry, training people for ministry, and supporting their continuing development. She is passionate about adult education and development, and about encouraging all the members of the church to fulfill their potential in their discipleship and ministry.
Commenting on his appointment of Manon as an honorary canon, the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, said: ‘It is good to recognise the dedication and skill that Manon has brought to the work of Director of Ministry in the diocese. Manon is a champion of new ideas and thinking, and I am pleased to acknowledge her role in the diocese in this way.’
Manon was ordained in 1994 and was among the first women in Wales to be ordained priest in 1997. She was curate in Llandudno before becoming incumbent of Bethesda (Glanogwen), Llanllechid, Mynydd Llandygai and later Pentir. Whilst ministering in the Ogwen Valley she also served as Diocesan Director of Ordinands for Bangor diocese. She has served in St Asaph diocese since 2005, and has held a variety of training and education roles including Director of Life-long Learning, St Asaph Tutor for St Michael’s College, Director of Exploring Faith and was until 2015 the Rector of Llanddulas and Llysfaen.
Manon is a keen poet and her poetry has been published in several poetry magazines including Poetry Wales and Envoi. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD in Practical Theology from Birmingham University for her research into the effect of religion on the identity of Welsh women. A book based on her work is due to be published this year by the University of Wales Press.
Manon is married to Dylan who is a chartered accountant working for Bangor University and has two daughters, Miriam and Catrin, and a stepson, Harri. In her spare time Manon attends comedy events and festivals and is a fervent Wales supporter at international football matches.