New Priest for the Rhos-on-Sea Ministry starts November

October 25, 2020

A new vicar is to begin work in the community of Llandrillo yn Rhos / Rhos-on-Sea next month.

Canon Philip Barratt is moving from the Diocese of Bangor and will be based in the churches of St Trillo and St George, as well as the beautiful pilgrims’ chapel on the sea front.

On November 1st, the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron will conduct a short service to welcome Philip to this role, in the Aled Mission Area, which will be held online due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Philip Barratt is 58 and was born in Manchester where he lived and worked most of his life. Before ordination in 1992 Philip was a professional musician working mostly in the theatre world.

Philip served in parish ministry for 20 years before becoming Canon Precentor and latterly Sub Dean of Manchester Cathedral. He moved to Wales in 2017 and comes to Rhos-on-Sea from Anglesey where he has been Ministry Area Leader for the nine churches of the Bro Cwyfan Ministry Area.

Philip has a love for monastic spirituality and is a solemnly professed member of the Anglican Order of Cistercians. He is particularly interested in the history of the Christian faith in Rhos-on-Sea, seeing its roots are very much linked with the witness of Cistercian monks.

Philip is married to Irene, a retired junior school headteacher, and they have one daughter, Sarah, who lives and works in South Africa on a wildlife reserve near the Kruger National Park. Philip’s interests include playing music, cooking, walking with Irene, and volunteering for the RNLI.

Bishop Gregory Cameron said: ‘We welcome Philip and Irene to the Diocese of St Asaph. Philip brings a broad range of experiences from parish and cathedral ministry and we look forward to him sharing his gifts in Aled Mission Area and working collaboratively with his lay and ordained colleagues there."

Philip Barratt said: "I am delighted to be moving to the Aled Mission Area and the churches of Rhos-on-Sea. I look forward joining the ministry team in Aled Mission Area at a time of many exciting possibilities. Irene and I are really looking forward to our new home and becoming part of the family of churches."