Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown

Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Welcome to the web site of the Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown. This Diocese was founded over 150 years ago, in 1853. Ebenezer Ntlali is the Bishop.


Vision and Mission of the Diocese

Vision: That all people in the Diocese should know God’s love in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us. 

Mission of the Diocese


Death of Margaret Thorpe

We have just received the news that Margaret Thorpe, (widow of the late Cyprian Thorpe, an Honorary Canon of Grahamstown Cathedral), passed away peacefully at home in England on Wednesday 16th September. Her children Liz, Biddy and Richard were all around to provide support and love in her final days, and were able to say their goodbyes together. They reported that she was lucid to the end, full of grace, dignity and courage, "an inspiration to us all". They are thankful that she suffered relatively little pain and was ready, willing and prepared for the end.

She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew and many friends.

A service of thanksgiving for a life well lived will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd at 2:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Broadclyst, Devon. All are welcome. Please spread the word among others who knew her.

Donations in lieu of flowers to the Lesotho Diocesan Association or Hospiscare, UK.


Message from the Synod of Bishops

The Synod of Bishops, which met in September, has issued a Message to the People of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.


Prayer for Refugees and Migrants - by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

On the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2015
O God, give us tender hearts and restless minds,
to pray and act with open hearts and discerning minds.
O Christ, move us to ask profound questions,
about the plight of your people.


Media and Publications Officer for the Diocese of Grahamstown

Are you a Christian who’s excited by the idea of communicating the Good News through a variety of media, both print and electronic? Do you have skills and experience in the fields of writing, editing, desktop publishing, and managing a website? The Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown is looking for a part-time Media and Publications Officer. This post carries an honorarium (negotiable), and would suit someone who enjoys working flexible hours from home, perhaps recently retired. Although the Diocesan Office is in Grahamstown, the Media and Publications Officer could operate from anywhere in the Diocese. Read more...


Rectors sought

See below for details of two vacant parishes in the Diocese of Grahamstown. For more information and more detailed profiles contact the PA to the Bishop of Grahamstown, the Revd Canon Cynthia Webbstock at or Tel. No: 073 180 0311 or the Bishop’s office at Tel. No: 046 636 1996 or


1. St John and St Chad, Zwelitsha


In the heartland of Eastern Cape Province stands Zwelitsha between Bhisho and King William’s Town. A large Xhosa speaking congregation seeks to find a suitably qualified priest with a least 5 years’ experience in leading a congregation to become their new Rector. For more details, click here.


2. St Paul Port Alfred with St John, Bathurst

A suitably qualified priest is sought with the heart of a pastor and good interpersonal skills to lead and nurture the parish of St Paul Port Alfred as Rector. He/ she will also serve St John’s, Bathurst and two small settler churches St Mary’s at Cuylerville and St James at Southwell. St Barnabas, the Xhosa speaking congregation in Port Alfred is part of the team ministry of the area, along with two outstations St Thomas at Southwell and St Mark at Kenton on Sea. For more details, click here.


Ad Clerum for August 2015

Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali's latest letter to the clergy of the diocese is now available. Click here to download as a pdf.


Back to Church Sunday 20 September 2015

We have received an invitation from Growing the Church to take part in Back to Church Sunday (BTCS), the single largest local-church invitational initiative in the world. It is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism—inviting to our church someone we already know. While the initial focus was to invite ‘back’ those who used to attend church, others who do not attend are also invited, gently encouraged and warmly welcomed.

Back to Church Sunday will take place on 20 September 2015. For more details about this initiative and to help you get started, please click here.

In addition, please visit for material (A4 poster, invitation cards and prayer cards) that will make it easy for you and your parishioners to invite others.


Umbuliso for August-September 2015


The latest issue of Umbuliso, newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown, is now available. Click here to download the pdf version.

Grahamstown Churches welcome Festival visitors - Anglican Girls' Guild news - Bishop Ebenezer writes: "Jesus Christ gives rest to the People of God" - Tablets donated to COTT - MU Biennial Conference - New officers for Grahamstown Archdeaconry Bernard Mizeki Guild - Port Alfred farewell to Robin and Vanessa Murray - New Bishop of Natal - Qumrha Rector installed - From the Department of Spirituality: "Laugh and grow strong" - Order of St  Barnabas news - Youth Day Fun-Run - 65th Anniversary of Diocesan St Agnes Guild - Letter to the Editor: "A Challenge to the Church in contemporary society"  - Umbuliso uyakubulisa (news in brief).   


Archbishop appeals for prayer for a landmark event in the life of our Church

The Archbishop of Cape Town has appealed for prayer for two meetings to be held in September representatives from all 28 dioceses will review our Vision and Mission as a church, strategise around ways to implement our priorities, and then make practical decisions on how to implement them in a manner that is productive, holistic and transformative. Read more ...


Chaplain sought for St Mary's School Waverley, Johannesburg

St Mary's School, Waverley, a pre-eminent independent Anglican school for girls, invites applications for the post of School Chaplain from 1 January 2016. See more... 


An Appeal to Young People by Archbishop Thabo

The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has made an appeal to young people aged 20-21, in the 21st anniversary of our democracy, to share with him the issues and values that concern them most. Parishes are encouraged to disseminate this message to young people in this age group. To read his Appeal, click here. 


Statement from an Extraordinary Meeting of the Synod of Bishops

The Synod of Bishops held an extraordinary meeting at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg on Saturday April 25, primarily to elect a new Bishop of the Highveld, but also to discuss other urgent matters. Read more...


Pastoral Letter from Bishop Ebenezer on xenophobia

Ebenezer Ntlali, Bishop of Grahamstown, has issued a Pastoral Letter in the wake of the current suffering and pain of our African brothers and sisters. To read it, click here


Pastoral Letter from Bishop Ebenezer on the defacing and removal of statues

Ebenezer Ntlali, Bishop of Grahamstown, has issued a Pastoral Letter on the defacing and removal of statues. To read it, click here.


Special price on leather-bound Prayer Books

The Publishing Committee of the ACSA has announced a special offer on leather-bound copies of An Anglican Prayer Book 1989, in various languages. See more...


Letter from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to the People of God, Easter 2015

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's latest letter to the People of God is now available. Archbishop's letter, Easter 2015.


Southern Anglican Online Magazine

The latest offerings of stories on the Southern Anglican website (  make for interesting and exciting reading.


Synod of Bishops issues Pastoral Letter

After their meeting in Durban from 2-5 February 2015, the Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa issued a Pastoral Letter. Topics covered included Conflict and Violence; Death and Dying; the revision of the Anglican Prayer Book; Civil Marriages and Mission Shaped Ministry. Click here for full text. 


Lecture and Sermon from 160th Anniversary of the Diocese

Prof Barney Pityana has kindly agreed to make the text of his lecture and sermon on the occasion of the Diocese's 160th anniversary celebrations available on this website. Click here for:

David Russell Memorial Lecture;

Sermon on Christ the King Sunday


Diocese celebrates 160 Years of Faithful Witness

The Diocese of Grahamstown celebrated its 160th anniversary in Grahamstown over the weekend of 22-23 November 2014, with thought-provoking lectures, a Procession of Witness and a glorious Eucharist service.


Diocesan Calendar 2015

The draft diocesan calendar for 2015 is now available: click here. Archdeaconries, Organisations and Guilds are encouraged to consult this Calendar before planning any major events, in order to avoid clashes. Please send dates of Diocesan events to the Media Officer, Maggy Clarke at: is obviously not space to include parish events in the Year Planner, but parish organisations are also encouraged to look at this calendar to avoid clashes with diocesan events.

NB this is a work in progress. Further events will be added when information is available.


Handbook for Churchwardens and Parish Councillors

This Handbook, published in 2001, is now available on the Diocesan website. Click on "Parish Handbook" at the left.


Video of Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery

The Episcopal Church of the USA has recently produced an excellent 10-minute video about the Monastery at Hillandale, Mariya uMama weThemba. To view it, click here.





Bishop's Office
P O Box 181, Grahamstown 6140
Tel 046 636 1996 (office)
Fax 046 622 5231
Diocesan Office
P O Box 181, Grahamstown 6140
Tel 046 636 1995
Fax 046 622 5231
Diocesan Administrator:
Financial Manager:
Administrative bookkeeper:
Finance Officer:
Media Officer: 
P O Box 181, Grahamstown 6140
Tel 046 622 7803
Fax 086 681 4677


Please note: This is the only official website of the Diocese. The old address "" was discontinued at the end of 2013. Unfortunately someone unconnected with the Diocese (based in Russia!) has taken over the old address, and a very out-of-date version of our content. Please ignore that phoney website.