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My visit to All Saints’, Marseille, on the weekend of September 16/17, took place after a week when terrorism struck the London tube once more, when Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority continue to seek refuge in Bangladesh, and world leaders were resorting to threatening language. The lectionary did not let me off the hook, […]

The Challenge of Forgiveness


The Archdeacon of France and Monaco, the Venerable Meurig Williams, spent time with some of us at St John’s Menton on Wednesday, August 30th. He was delighted to visit the church for the first time and see at close quarters the work that needed to be done. He pledged his […]

The Archdeacon visits Menton and Monaco


Outline of the Sermon preached in Christ Church, Lille by the Venerable Meurig Williams, Archdeacon of France, 27th August 2017, the 11th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 16.13-20       Having a small home in the depths of La France Profonde, I find myself welcoming family and friends for summer holidays. […]

The Triumphs and Tribulations of being Human



Sermon preached by the Archdeacon of France, the Venerable Meurig Williams at St Andrew’s, Pau, on Sunday 4th June 2017, being the Day of Pentecost Pentecost is precisely what it says on the tin. It is the fiftieth day: the fiftieth day after Easter. Today we bring our Easter celebrations to […]

A sermon for Pentecost 2017


Pentecost at St Andrew’s, Pau, was a glorious day of celebration, as we brought our Easter festivities for 2017 to a fitting conclusion. Pau is in the foothills of the Pyrenees, within spitting distance of Spain, the Basque Country and the Atlantic Coast. What a stunning location! Like the account […]

Pentecost at the foot of the Pyrenees


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The photograph was taken during a visit by Bishop Geoffrey and Archdeacon Meurig to the Romanian  Orthodox Patriarchate in Bucharest in 2012 DISCERNING PASTOR, RIGOROUS SCHOLAR & FAITHFUL FRIEND: REFLECTIONS ON BISHOP GEOFFREY ROWELL 3rd BISHOP OF GIBRALTAR IN EUROPE   Over the coming days and weeks, many people will […]

Bishop Geoffrey Rowell





A Sermon preached by the Archdeacon of France in the Church of St Pierre, La Chapelle Palluau, Vendée on Sunday 4th March 2017, being the First Sunday of Lent   If I say the word ‘wilderness’, what picture comes into your mind? Maybe it evokes images of vast, inhospitable tracts of […]

Facing the Wilderness



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An early Saturday morning start at Bruxelles Midi, as I board the TGV to Strasbourg. Time was when this was a tortuous journey by rail – not least for those who worked in the EU institutions. No longer, thanks to levels of French government (and EU) investment in the rail […]

A Weekend on the Eastern Front