The Parish of St David, in the centre of Cardiff, was established in the mid 19th Century. Listed below are those priests who served as Parish Priest of the Parish, and then Administrator following the establishment of the Metropolitan See of Cardiff in 1916.
Previous Parish Priests
Fr. P. Millea
Fr. T. Cody
Fr. S. Bruno, IC (1874 – 1883)
Very Rev. Mgr. William Williams (1884 – 1895)
Fr. A. van den Heuvel (1896 – 1916)
Previous Administrators of the Cathedral
Fr. A. van den Heuvel (1916 – 1922)
Very Rev. Canon D. J. Hannon (1923 – 1936)
Very Rev. Canon William Coonan (1937 – 1941)
Rt. Rev. Mgr. Peter F. Gavin (1941 – 1959)
Rt. Rev. Mgr. John Crowe (1959 – 1963)
Very Rev. Canon Bernard Cosulich (1963 – 1971)
Fr. William Donovan (1971 – 1972)
Very Rev. Canon Edwin Regan (1972 – 1985)
Fr. Bernard Whitehouse (1985 – 2001)
Very Rev. Canon Peter G. Collins (2001 – 2019)
Previous Priests in Charge
Fr. Daniel Stanton (2019-2021)
The current Priest in Charge is Fr Robert James who assumed the role in July 2021.
For those past Administrators who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, let us pray:
Eternal rest grant unto them,
O Lord, and let perpetual light
shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
A Prayer for Priests, by Pope Benedict XVI:
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest,
you offered yourself to the Father on the altar of the cross
and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
gave your priestly people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood
may be ever more conformed to you, the Divine Master.
May they preach the Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to your own heart,
single-minded in service to you and to the Church,
and shining examples of a holy, simple, and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother and ours,
draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care
to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.