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Married priests David and Mary Dunn share Powys ministry

Reverends Mary and David Dunn
Image caption David and Mary Dunn will take charge of the churches after an invitation by the Bishop of St Asaph

A husband and wife are to become joint priests of a group of churches near Welshpool in Powys.

The Reverends David and Mary Dunn will be inducted to their new parishes of Llanfair Caereinion, Llanllugan and Manafon at a service later on Saturday.

Mr Dunn said they believed God had called them to serve together and they were looking forward to the challenge.

It is the first time such an appointment has been made in the Diocese of St Asaph.

Mr Dunn was brought up in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, and his wife in the Sirhowy Valley, near Caerphilly.

They met in Bangor, Gwynedd, in 1965 and have been married for 43 years.

Before his ordination in 1990 Mr Dunn served in the RAF, retiring as a squadron leader running a training department, and Mrs Dunn is a former maths teacher.

They have four children, two of whom are priests in the Church of England, and five grandchildren.

Mrs Dunn was ordained three years ago and has served as curate of St Mary's Church in Malpas, Newport, whilst Mr Dunn has been vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Pontnewydd, Torfaen, for the past 18 years.

Mr Dunn said: "We believe God has called us to serve together and the invitation from Bishop Gregory to minister in the the Llanfair Caereinion Group is an exciting opportunity and a challenge which we feel God has led us into.

"We are looking forward to working with the people of the three parishes."

The Bishop of St Asaph, the Right Reverend Dr Gregory K Cameron, said he believed it was the first time that a husband and wife team had been appointed joint priests-in-charge in the diocese.

"It will be an exciting challenge for David and Mary, but their gifts are entirely complementary, and we look forward to all that they offer to the parishes of Llanfair Caereinion, Manafon and Llanllugan," he said.

The ceremony to induct the couple to their new parishes will take place at St Mary's Church in Llanfair Caereinion on Saturday at 15:00 GMT.

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