Vicars in parts of rural Wales face being forced to cover more than a dozen parishes because of a recruitment crisis.
The Diocese of St Davids, which covers much of West Wales, currently has just three vicars to cover 27 parish churches.
But when the Reverend John Powell of St Mary’s in Cardigan retires in August, it will mean just two vicars to cover all the parishes.
The diocese is not alone in facing a recruitment crisis – according to Church in Wales figures a quarter of current serving clergy are due to retire within the next decade and less than 10% of Wales’ vicars are under 40.
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