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
Please pray for the family of Gloria Sikampula, who died on 21 May. She was the mother of Lilitha Dyantyi, wife of the Sub-Dean Mzinzisi, and sister of the Bishop's wife, Noncedo Ntlali. Details of funeral arrangements to follow.
Prayers are asked also for the Sisters of the Community of the Resurrection, on the death of their oldest member, Sister Dorianne, on 20 May at the age of 100. Her funeral will take place in the Cathedral on Friday 29 May at 10:00.
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory!
Part-time School Chaplain sought
St Andrew’s Prep School, Grahamstown, seeks to appoint a Part-Time Chaplain.
Purpose of the role: To ensure that that the Christian spiritual lives of the pupils and staff are nurtured in keeping with the broad spectrum of Anglican Christian tradition by creating a Christ-centred environment; responsible for spiritual leadership, teaching, pastoral care and Christian education.
Closing date: 12:00 on 20 June 2015
If you are not contacted within a month of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
For application forms, please go to the St Andrew's Prep website: www.saprepschool.com
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...
Bishop Ebenezer's latest letter to the clergy of the Diocese is now available: Ad Clerum for March to May 2015.
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.
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
Southern Anglican Online Magazine
The latest offerings of stories on the Southern Anglican website (www.southernanglican.co.za) 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: email@example.com.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.
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.