He was one of the founder members of the St. David's Society which was formed to foster and establish the catholicity of the Church in Wales . He believed fervently in the Catholic faith and in the sanctity of the priesthood and no opposition could move him from his standpoint. The periodical, St. David's Chronicle , is better known by its later title, The Faith in Wales: Y Ffydd yng Nghymru . In 1931 he published penny pamphlets, Yr Eglwys Gatholig and Gweinidogaeth yr Eglwys . His commentaries on the Lesser Prophets were published by the SPCK on behalf of the Welsh Inter-Diocesan Sunday School Union between 1919-1924 . He wrote on ‘ Gwyrthiau ’ in Y Geiriadur Beiblaidd , 1926 .
He was knowledgeable in church music and was a member of the committee of Emynau'r Eglwys ( The Welsh Church Hymnary ) ( 1941 , 1951 ) from its commencement in 1934 and was secretary from 1937 . The book contains his translations of Latin and Greek hymns, as well as others from English . The book was the subject of some controversy because of its extreme Catholic standpoint. He was a member of the Liturgical Commission set up to revise the Book of Common Prayer , a director of the Llan and Welsh Church Press Company , and a member of the Provincial Press committee . He translated ‘ The Office of Compline ’ into Welsh ‘Cwmplin, Gwasanaeth diwedydd’ , 1941 .
His bardic name in the Gorsedd of Bards was ‘ Arthan ’. He took a practical interest in Esperanto as a language for the League of Nations and held classes in it at the college in 1920 . After his death in 1956 his revised edition of Agoriad neu Allwedd i'r iaith gyd-Genedlaethol Esperanto was published by G. Griffiths . The members of the St. David's College Welsh Society subscribed to its publication.
He was a popular preacher , drawing crowded congregations to St. Davids during his residence as Canon . He was twice Special Preacher at the Welsh Festival at St. Paul's Cathedral , London . As a man he appeared pale and unhealthy, with very poor eyesight , nevertheless he wrote prodigiously to periodicals and to the Welsh press. Apart from his tenaciously held religious beliefs, he was a kindly, courteous man with an unexpected sense of humour. He m. in 1924 Dorothy Clough (d. 22 Sept. 1980 ) and they had two daughters. He d. in hospital in London , 23 January 1956 , aged 72 and was buried at Ruislip , Middlesex .
Mary Gwendoline Ellis, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001