With all this in mind, then, it’s no wonder that every now and then seminarians like to unwind. And that’s exactly what a group of seven trainee priests from Wales had wanted to do that eventful day in July 2017.
Specifically, the group had journeyed out to celebrate the fact that two of their number had recently been ordained as deacons at the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David. But while the evening may have started out perfectly innocently, it soon transpired that things weren’t going to plan.
First, though, the men decided to venture to their favorite pub in Cardiff, the City Arms. The venue is also a particular favorite of George Stack, the Archbishop of Cardiff, as well as other local priests. But on this occasion, the group turned up dressed in their clerical robes – a fateful decision, as it turned out.