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.
Please note: This is the only official website of the Diocese. The old address "diocesegrahamstown.co.za" 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 has taken over the old address, and a very out-of-date version of our content.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.
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
Southern Anglican Online Magazine
The latest offerings of stories on the Southern Anglican website (www.southernanglican.co.za) make for interesting and exciting reading.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba urges us to think outside the (chocolate) box, 'Anglicans Ablaze' goes regional and we have vegan who speaks about healthy living.
In international news, the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomes new bishops and the Church of England is swapping prophets for profits.
Death of Raymond Lee
Raymond, the husband of Canon Stephanie Lee died on Friday the 13th of February 2015. Stephanie Lee is one of the lay members of Chapter. Please pray for her and the family.The funeral service will take place at Good Shepherd, East London at 10h00 on Saturday, 21st of February 2015.
Umbuliso, Lent 2015
The latest issue of the newsletter of the Diocese is now available. Topics covered include: Bishop appeals for R10 m - 16 December Ordination of Priests - New Churches: Nativity play at Reeston - RSCM Summer School - Alice MU members bring Christmas joy - Obituary: Mbulelo Ngqoza, Priest, teacher and karate Sensei - One woman makes a difference: giving Christmas joy to the less privileged - Diocesan Youth Guild news - East London churches join to host kids' Christmas party - Holy Cross School turns 5 - Team Ministry Incumbent instituted at St Saviour's - Archbishop speaks out against attacks on migrants. Click here to download.
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.
Bishop Ebenezer's latest letter to the clergy of the Diocese is now available: Ad Clerum for December 2014.
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
Listen to our Archbishop on your computer!
The first of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's reflections on Advent is available for listening on, and downloading from the web. To hear his reflections on each Sunday, go directly to Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/anglicanmediasa or to his blog at: http://archbishop.anglicanchurchsa.org/. You can also listen on Soundcloud and the blog to his introduction to this new experiment in audio ministry.
Letter from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to the People of God, Christmas 2014
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's latest letter to the People of God is now available. Archbishop's letter, Christmas 2014.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.There 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.
Statement from Synod of Bishops 21-24 September 2014
The Synod of Bishops met for its bi-annual meeting at the Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre, Benoni. To read the Statement issued by the Bishops after the meeting, click here.
The Magazine of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Southern Anglican, is now an online publication only. To read the latest issue, click here.
Theological Education Sunday
"It remains of primary import that vocations to ministry must be inclusive and representative because it is in the nature of God to call all men and women to himself". So said Professor Barney Pityana, preaching on Theological Sunday 2014 in the Chapel of the College of the Transfiguration. Read more...
New Rector announced for College of the Transfiguration
The College of the Transfiguration has announced the appointment of a new Rector from January 2015, to succeed the Revd Canon Barney Pityana. On Monday 30 June 2014, the Council of the College of the Transfiguration, meeting in Port Elizabeth, voted unanimously to appoint Dr Kgabe as Rector of the College with effect from 1 January 2015. Read more...
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.
Anglican Board of Education of Southern Africa
The newly-formed Anglican Board of Education of Southern Africa is seeking to appoint its first Chief Executive Officer. For details of the advertisement circulated by Bishop Peter Lee, click here.
Grahamstown Diocese Development Trust launched
Grahamstown Diocese Development Trust was launched on 1 March 2014 at 16:00 at the Greenfields Methodist Church in East London.
The purpose of the Trust is to enable the Diocese to fulfill its Vision and Mission... (more)