We are pleased to announce that one of our Associates Fr Tom Bates is to be our new Sub Prior.


The Old ( Deacon Sarah) and New (Fr Tom)

Commenting on his appointment Fr Tom said:

Having been involved in the Holywell Community from its beginning as a priest associate I am absolutely thrilled to be coming to Abergavenny to take up the role of sub-prior. I first came to Abergavenny on placement during my time at theological college. The warm welcome and encouragement I received from Fr Mark and the parish nurtured my own sense of vocation, and I’m now excited at the opportunity to be committed to helping others discern their vocational pathway within the Holywell Community. It is also a real privilege to be able to contribute something of myself to a parish that has been so instrumental in my own calling. I am passionate about the role that new monasticism can play in witnessing to the Christian faith and in reaching out in mission in our society, and I am looking forward to exploring together the great potential the ministry of the Holywell Community can offer, both in Abergavenny and in the broader church.

Welcoming the appointment the Prior Fr Mark said

In Tom we have a faithful dedicated Priest who understands the Rule of St Benedict fully.  Hospitality is at the very heart of all Tom does.

We as a Community have very happy memories of being on the Merthyr Tydfil Mission with him.

I consider us to be very  blessed to have him as our Sub-Prior.


Episcopal Visitor greets our new Sub Prior

Tom studied for the Priesthood at St Michael’s College, Llandaff and served his curacy in the Diocese of Llandaff. An excellent musician he was a Chorister at Peterborogh Cathedral before moving first to Portsmouth Cathedral and then Llandaff Cathedral as a Lay clerk. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.


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