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


Ad Clerum

Bishop Ebenezer's latest letter to the clergy of the Diocese is now available: Ad Clerum for August-September 2014.


Death of Nonkonkoza Notsolo: Funeral details

Nonkonkoza Notsolo, husband of the Revd Erica Notsolo, Permanent Deacon at St Cyprian Qumrha in the Scenery Park Archdeaconry, died on 4 September. 

Please pray for Erica and the family. The funeral will take place on Friday 19 September at 09:00 at St Cyprian's Qumrha. The liturgical colour will be white.


Southern Anglican 

The Magazine of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Southern Anglican, is now an online publication only. To read the latest issue, click here.


Death of David Russell, former Bishop of Grahamstown

David Russell, who was Bishop of Grahamstown from 1987 to 2003, died on Sunday 17 August at the age of 75. Give thanks to God for his courageous witness in the struggle years and the early days of South African democracy, and for his passionate advocacy of the ministry of women, which led to his being the first Bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa to ordain women priests, in 1992. Please pray for his wife Dorothea and the family. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory!


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...


Umbuliso for August-September 2014

The latest issue of Umbuliso/ the Greeting, newsletter of the Diocese, is now available. Topics include: Anglicans Ablaze conference - Spiritfest at the National Arts Festival - Karoo Mighty Men Confernce - St Bernard Mizeki Guild News - MU  - Extracts from a lecture by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on Housing and Family Life in South Africa - Obituary: Sipo Biko, husband of the Revd Nomakorinte - Retirement of Christopher Cook - St Agnes Guild Conference - Diocesan Youth Guild commemorates 16 June - New Rector for COTT in 2015 - Lay Ministers' fellowship agrees founding document. To download this issue in colour (pdf), click here. (Picture by Bev Meldrum taken at the Anglicans Ablaze conference.)


Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's letter "to the Laos" for July 2014

The Archbishop's latest letter to the People of God is available here.


Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali's letter to Clergy (Ad Clerum) for June-July

The Bishop's latest Ad Clerum is available here. 


Requests for prayer

1. Mrs Mary Goliath, aged 88, mother of Canon Stephanie Lee died on 11 July.
2. Please pray for the Revd Aida Esprey, who was admitted to Frere Hospital in East London with a stroke or heart attack.


Archbishop of Cape Town visits Grahamstown

The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, preached at the Festival Eucharist in our Cathedral on Sunday 6 July, and on the Monday gave a lecture on Spiritfest: Housing and Family Life in South Africa. To read it click here.


Finance Manager post advertised

The Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown seeks to appoint a dynamic and results–oriented Finance Manager with experience in church governance and finance management. See further details...


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... 


Death of Sipo Biko, husband of the Revd Nomakorinte Biko 

Sipo Biko, the husband of the Revd Nomakorinte Biko, Priest-in-Charge of St Bartholomew Alice, died early on the morning of 24 June. The Funeral took place on Friday, 4 July.

Please pray for the Revd Nomakorinte and the family. Give thanks for the life of Sipo Biko. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.


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.


Vacancy for Rector: St Michael's Nahoon

The Bishop of Grahamstown is seeking to appoint an Incumbent for the parish of St. Michael and All Angels. See more...


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)  


Statement from the Synod of Bishops, February 2014

The Synod of Bishops met met at Linga Longa, in the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th February 2014. For the statement issued after the meeting,  click here.


Ordination of six Priests

On 14 December 2013 Bishop Ebenezer ordained six priests in the Cathedral.



Bishop Ebenezer after the service with new priests: Sinje Dlokweni of St Paul Port Alfred, Daniel Ludik OHC, Prior of Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery, Chumani Mona of St Philip Gompo and Vuyiswa Jela of St Francis Mdantsane. Pictured separately are: Milton Quntu, St Augustine Grahamstown and Pen Schultz, St Paul Port Alfred.



For more photos, a comprehensive gallery of pictures taken at the Ordination by the Official Photographer Brother Roger OHC, click here.




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P O Box 181, Grahamstown 6140
Tel 046 636 1996 (office)
Fax 046 622 5231
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