Welcome to the website for the Shrine Church of St. Melangell and its Centre. The site has been inactive since the previous Guardian left and protracted technical difficulties have also meant that much of it is now outdated. With the new Guardian now able to post the current services and events, the site is active once more and will soon be fully updated. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your support as Melangell’s legacy continues to evolve today.
The new Guardian of the Shrine: Rev'd Christine Browne
Chris was ordained deacon in 1990, having previously taught in
Yorkshire and London, and later became one of the first women to be
priested in the Church of England. During her ministry, Chris served
in parishes in former mining communities in Nottinghamshire and then
the West Midlands where, for nine years, she held a dual role post
as parish priest and Industrial Missioner with the Black Country
Urban Industrial Mission. Outreach has always been a priority and
chaplaincies with Rolls Royce Aerospace, the Royal Marines
Association, the Prison Service and the Merry Hill retail centre
facilitated this. Chris was then appointed to three seaside parishes
in south west Wales when she moved to the Church in Wales, where she
also served as chaplain to the local Corporation.
Having been raised in rural Derbyshire where her family is still based and having a Welsh father, Chris has always maintained her links with the Principality and country life. She hopes that her particular experiences of spirituality, healing, pilgrimage and chaplaincy will be relevant in serving the wide range of people she is likely to meet as Guardian of the Shrine at Pennant Melangell:
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of all those who have developed the vision and outreach of the church here down the years since Melangell came to this valley. May her example of prayer, compassion and practical response facilitate whatever lies ahead as people continue to come to this place to find God's guidance, healing and hope."
About the church and Shrine
St Melangell's is one of the loveliest small churches in Britain, and one of the most remote. Its famous shrine attracts many visitors, but not enough to disturb its tranquillity.
Close by, The Saint Melangell Centre offers support to people in need by offering a contemplative space and opportunities for spiritual refreshment and renewal.
Find out more about Saint Melangell's Church and The Saint Melangell Centre by clicking on the links on the right or use the navigation bar at the top of the pages.
Check for Forthcoming Services & Events.