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



The Revd Loyiso and Mrs Zibi have received sad news of the death of their son-in-law, Sabelo Mdingi. The funeral was scheduled for Saturday 11 April in Kokstad. Please hold the family in your prayers.


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.


Umbuliso, Easter 2015

The latest issue of Umbuliso, newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown, is now available. Click here to download the pdf version. Articles include: New COTT Rector installed - Mark Spyker appointed Canon Missioner - St Francis' AWF support for bereaved priest - Profile of Dr Vicentia Kgabe - AWF Retreat - Sr Dorianne CR turns 100 - St Francis' Lay Ministers attend weekend Retreat - MU conducts Reading Camp for orphans and vulnerable children - Fair at Holy Cross School - Shrove Tuesday at St John East London - Bernard Mizeki Guild news - MU Executive Lenten Retreat - Dip. Th. for Grahamstown priests - Sun & wind can solve energy crisis


Ad Clerum

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