Although two separate parishes with two administrative systems, Our Lady & St. Patrick, Maesteg and St. Robert of Newminster, Aberkenfig have been working together for over a decade. Both parishes have a shared history stemming back to their foundations in the 19th century by the Benedictine Monks of Douai Abbey. Today their common link is their shared parish priest and their passion for their faith. Their association sees the parishes working to serve the Llynfi, Ogmore and Garw valleys in picturesque South Wales in the United Kingdom.
Our Lady & St. Patrick’s is located in the heart of the Llynfi Valley in the former mining town of Maesteg. Officially classified as a deprived area since the loss of the coal mines and other industry from the valley, Maesteg is located between a series of beautiful hills and mountains. The church itself is located on the side of one of the hills and overlooks the town. There is a deep sense of community spirit in amongst these hills and the parish works closely with the local town council to support social and family life of the valley.
At the mouth of the Llynfi Valley, in between Maesteg and Bridgend, is the village of Aberkenfig and our second church, St. Robert of Newminster. As a parish, Aberkenfig is geographically drawn out as the communities it serves are spread thinly into the Ogmore and Garw valleys. The community at St. Robert’s works closely with other Christians in the Aberkenfig and District United Churches to offer prayer and practical support to the community.
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