'It is not business as usual': New Archbishop wants to 'refresh' Church in Wales

The new Archbishop of Wales has said he wants to help 'refresh the vision' of the Church in Wales once he is enthroned today, adding: 'It is not business as usual.'

John Davies, who has been Bishop of Swansea and Brecon since 2008, was elected in September after the retirement of Dr Barry Morgan.

The Church in WalesBishop John Davies

He will be enthroned today at Brecon Cathedral as the 13th archbishop since the Church in Wales separated from the Church of England in 1920.

The 64-year-old former lawyer is the new head of the Church in Wales, which includes six dioceses: Bangor, St Asaph, St Davids, Llandaff, Monmouth and his own diocese of Swansea and Brecon.

The father-of-two from Newport is a former criminal law solicitor who left the profession in 1982 to join the church in before being ordained in 1984.

He has called for the Church in Wales to 'pause and draw breath' after his appointment.

'The coming into post of a new archbishop is an opportunity for me to say to the very good and very many people that we have as part of our church, that we need to take stock,' Davies said, the BBC reported.

'I want to try and refresh the vision of the church as that institution to support and nourish the lives of wider society.'