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Meet David Sheen

The Rev. David Sheen

Name:
The Rev. David Sheen

Position:
Anglican Chaplain to Cardiff University

Responsibilities:
I am based in the Anglican Chaplaincy at 61 Park Place. I work ecumenically with the other Christian chaplains and especially with my Methodist colleague. I also work in a multi-faith context with other faith leaders seeking to provide for the spiritual needs of students and staff. As an Anglican my ethos is to be here for all people. The university community in its richness, diversity and fluidity is my parish.

I seek to encourage a wide degree of participation in the chaplaincy, which I see as an inclusive and welcoming space, a place of encounter. As an Anglican priest, the practice of hospitality and thanksgiving is firmly rooted in daily prayer and the regular celebration of the Eucharist, alongside the drop-in sessions and soup lunch and events. I am here for a cup of tea and a chat, to offer pastoral support, as well as individual spiritual direction and to celebrate the sacraments of the Church.

Experience:
My own spiritual journey has given me insight and appreciation of the breadth of Christianity. Before ordination I worked for several years in the NHS as a physiotherapist, having studied at Coventry University. After discerning God’s call to ordination I attended St. Michael’s College in Llandaff to study for the priesthood. I have worked as a curate in the parish of Cowbridge, an assistant priest in the parish of Penarth and Llandough and more recently as the Priest-in-charge of a parish near Pontypridd and as the diocesan officer responsible for the selection and formation of licensed lay ministers across the diocese of Llandaff.

Areas of Interest:
I read the BA in Theology & Religious Studies here at Cardiff University and later an MA in Religion in Late Antiquity as well. Academically I am interested in the development of doctrine and the history of the Christian Church and the dialogue between Science and Religion. Pastorally I am concerned with issues of mission, dialogue and social justice. Socially I enjoy listening to music, reading and having dinner with friends. I have recently taken up the violin, which is a challenge, though more so for my family who have to listen!