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.                                                     





                                     Vision and Mission of the Diocese




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.


 To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to a broken world through building a diocese which is:
  • Directed by a Christ-centred vision
  • Spiritually empowered for evangelism and mission
  • Building itself up in love
  • Administratively strong and committed to leadership development
  • Working respectfully with people of other denominations and faiths
  • Reaching out into the communities it serves and beyond to bring the love of God in word and deed.





Thelma Neville, the known Journalist made her maiden century today (100 years). Bishop Ebenezer together with the Diocesan family celebrated her birthday. Bishop prayed and anointed her



 Newly Ordained Priests for the Church of God in the Diocese of Grahamstown at St Saviour’s Anglican Church, East London

Saturday 16th July 2016


Etienne Micheal Maree –St Michael, Nahoon.
.Lungisa Gwen Mvula – St Augustine, Grahamstown.
 The Bishop of Grahamstown,
The Right Reverend Ebenezer Ntlali.
Alice Janet Namubiru Barlow-Zambodla – All Saints, Greenfields and
St Andrew, Mdantsane.
Ciko Mxoli Timothy Sizani – Bishop’s driver, Chaplain and St Augustine, Grahamstown


 Diocese of Johannesburg  

The Diocese of Johannesburg invites applications for the position of Diocesan Executive
Officer (previously known as Diocesan Secretary).
Educational requirements and high level experience:
• The applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• A Post Graduate qualification in Business Administration or related field would be an
• Computer Literacy – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes or Microsoft
Outlook, Internet Explorer and other software’s
• Extensive experience in the management of a large dispersed organisation requiring
the ability to communicate and understand the needs of the various units within the
• Proven track record of providing a strategic support service to executives and
different units within the organization;
• Experience in supervising multiple, diverse service functions simultaneously, with
strong supervisory and team leadership skills;
• The ability to work with various levels of personnel;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Ability to make decisions while retaining empathy in dealing with people;
• Ability to motivate volunteers and staff to undertake tasks on behalf of the Diocese
• Be a “generalist” / networker who knows who to call
• Be a practicing Christian
If you believe that you have the necessary skills and attributes to fill this position, please
submit your application together with a copy of your curriculum vitae to by no later than 18 July 2016
Full details of the job specification for this position are available on the Diocese website




Dear friends in Christ
This is a reminder of the Clergy Retreat scheduled for Tuesday 19th of July 2016 to Friday, 22nd of July 2016 at Mariya uMama weTemba Monastery.
The cost for the retreat is R430.00 per person per night = R1290.00 for the three nights (all inclusive).
Although the retreat is compulsory, there are spaces for only 18 people.  Therefore, bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.

 Bishop Paddy Glover, retired Bishop of the Free State will be the retreat conductor.



St Paul’s Port Alfred with St John’s in Bathurst

Situated in “Frontier Country” and Steeped in the history of the English settlers of the 1820’s St Paul” port Alfred and St Johns” Bathurst historically stand out as being two of the last outposts of English Colonialism. However, in the new and vibrant democracy they engage vibrantly with the communities in which they stand and have embraced our new South African life.

Port Alfred a seaside resort attracts retired and elderly people. Close to Grahamstown and Rhodes University. the congregation of about 130 members is friendly and predominantly retired group.

The congregation seeks a suitably qualified priest with the heart of a pastor and good interpersonal skills to lead and nurture a parish as Rector that serves St John’s Bathurst and two small settler Church St Mary’s at Cuylerville and St James at Southwell with St Barnabas the Xhosa speaking Congregation in Port Alfred which is part of the team ministry of the area along with two outstations St Thomas at Southwell and St Mark at Kenton on sea.

St Paul’s is a training parish. Presently, it has three curates, assistant priest who assist with ministry and services with particular ministry to the two retirement villages in the town.

St Paul’s has good relationships with the wider Church and the Rector is on the board of a CUC Church at Ostrich Springs.


All Clergy in our Diocese Are Allowed to Apply

St Paul's Port Alfred                           St John's Bathurst





Dear Clergy

Greetings in the name of our dead and risen Christ.

Due to   unavailability of the Bishop on the date said 25 June 2016, The Ordination will take place at the same place St Saviours East London on the 16 -July- 2016.

The Bishop is Humble apologize for the reschedule.

 Please pass the Information to all.


2016 Servers Guild

(St Vincent) Conference Diocese of Grahamstown

God gives us many Talents, each and everyone has his/her own. What is important is to identify yours, and use it for the Glory of our Creator. here is one of the talents God gave us shown by Xhanti.   

 Introibo ad Altare Dei. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem mean.

I shall go forth to the Altar of God. To God my joy and gladness.

Psalm 43:4

 Say the theme

Members of the Order of Saint Vincent, what was just reiterated, is the theme of the book. It expresses how Servers should act when assisting at the Altar. We created this book so that all servers should know the true essence of Altar serving. We have come to find out that servers today know how to serve but they do not know the true meaning:

  •          They treat this act as a chore or a hobby

We stand today and state that Altar serving is not boring. It is rather a holy act. The book we have typed holds all the information which we believe all servers should know and understand.

Brief history

This whole idea of writing a book started when Rev Canon Beja, my grandfather was appointed by the Bishop to be the Team Ministry Incumbent at Holy Trinity, Dimbaza. When I arrived at this parish, I could see that the servers there were a lot and some were still in the learning age. Then I met Aviwe there and we talked of many things concerning our Church. That is when we then became companions. After some time, I began to see that the servers in the Parish did not understand what Altar Serving was about and some took it as a hobby. I then decided to write a book for the parish but this is what happened. After writing 4 documents, Aviwe did something incredible and we do not even regret this. He said these words to me saying “ Xhanti, let us write a book for servers for the Diocese”. At first I thought it was impossible, but God can turn the impossible into possible. Is there anything too hard for God to do? Not even one. We then asked the Bishop for permission to write this book and surprisingly, he granted us permission leaving us an assignment to put a research of our beloved Patron Saint. Since then, we got much support from people and the Clergy and including Servers from the Diocese of Mthatha President of Servers Gcobisa Yekani. Aviwe has mentioned the people in the acknowledgements.

What the book is all about

This book is about bringing the true essence and holiness of altar serving. We have seen that this diocese needs one of these books to tutor servers on serving. It is different from any other guild book which has constitutions, missions, objectives etc. since this fraternity is not regarded as a guild, it mainly focuses on:

  •          What an Altar servers is
  •          What acts are performed by servers
  •          Biblical and spiritual essence of Altar Servant hood
  •          Prayers to be said by Servers

Severs today need to know why altar serving is sacred. We find no reason why Servers should label this holy act as a hobby. It is indeed not a hobby because it carries a lot of responsibilities and acts. Thus, this book will be a great assistance to all servers and Priests, Deacons and members of the Order of St Barnabas who teach servers day by day. Let us give you hints on what is in this book:

  •   The watermark has something beautiful and it is honoured  in Christianity.
  •   It has many pictures and illustrations that will guide you in things you might not understand.
  •   The text is well written and explains every content.

When this book will be sold you will see these things and you will be very amazed. We pray that as soon as you get this book, you will finally understand:

  •   The holiness of Altar serving
  •   The enjoyment
  •   The true meaning
  •   The essence thereof

We tell you, this book is going to make all servers learn something about the altar. It is our dream that this book should be at the palm of every server. Though it needs more things in order for it to be completely ready, it will still reach all servers in this Diocese.


 To conclude, we continue to ask you to pray for us while this book is being finalized and we thank God and the Trinity, as well as our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, for helping us while writing the book. We end in the words of our Lord as he says  

”Abide in me and I in you”. Amen 


A  quick Announcement from Anglican Ablaze, please Click here to read.



Please Click here and read a paper by Rev. Canon Lulama Ntshingwa



St Michael and St George Cathedral, Grahamstown Celebrated Pentecost 2016 by embracing other Nations. 


 Synod 67

7 The opening service of our 67th Diocesan Synod at St Alban Anglican Church, Vincent, East London. 



St Cyprian’s School

 St Cyprian’s School is an historic, dynamic, forward-thinking, Anglican School, located at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town. It comprises a Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and High School on the same campus and provides a values-centred, personalised approach to education within a vibrant and nurturing environment. While striving for excellence in all spheres, it celebrates the talent, diversity and uniqueness of every student and staff member and the value each one brings to an extraordinary community.  

 We invite applications for the following post:


(to commence in October 2016 or January 2017)

 The successful incumbent will:

-          be an ordained priest within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

-          have an appropriate theological qualification

-          have had experience in ministry

-          be able to lead the spiritual life of the school

-          be a strong communicator and teacher

-          be an enthusiastic Christian, strong of faith and possessing leadership skills

-          have ensured his/her application has been endorsed by his/her current Anglican Bishop prior to application

Responsibilities of the position include:

-          pastoral and spiritual care of the St Cyprian’s girls and school family (where appropriate)

-          teaching divinity and confirmation classes

-          supervising the school divinity programme

-          arranging and leading chapel services

-          working closely with the Principal and executive management teams

-          liaising with the offices of the Dean of St George’s Cathedral, the Bishop of Table Bay and the Archbishop.

 St Cyprian’s School offers a competitive remuneration package which does NOT include school housing.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed CV, together with the endorsement from their Diocesan Bishop to:

Debi Holtmann

HR Manager

 Closing date for applications is Monday, 9 May 2016


Umbuliso Easter Issue is out, 

To download as a PDF click here


Vacant Parishes

1. St Nicholas United Church in Beacon Bay, East London will require a priest from 2017.

St Nicholas United is an ecumenical church supported by Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. An opportunity thus exists to minister in a fairly unique ministerial environment. The appointment is made for a period of five years. 2

The church has a desire to be spiritually led and play a spiritual role in the community. Key roles and skills of the incumbent should include:

Preaching and leading worship by ensuring the teaching of biblical truths in a dynamic way (challenge, encourage & influence.)

Ensure pastoral care by being sensitive and caring. Here a genuine desire to assist those in need and to get to know individuals (socialise) is needed.

Communication and the ability to unite leadership will be important in the ecumenical environment.

Coordinate training, teaching and development through supporting home fellowship groups, leading or facilitating courses and ensuring vibrant youth development programmes.

Oversight of management functions and the ability to facilitate decision making will ensure effective and smooth running of the church.

Clergy led to consider this role should indicate their interest to our office and we will consider nominations.

2. Christ Church, Amalinda: We call upon all clergy who wish to apply for the post of Priest-in-Charge Kindly send your applications to our office by 30 April 2016.


ACSA awards President Kenneth Kaunda Click here and read more 

 'God shone' at Lusaka Cathedral - Blogging from ACC-16




Archbishop Justin speaks.

Blogging from Lusaka - ACC-16 "walks together"

 Click here and read What Archbishop Thabo says about ACC-16



Former Wits students launch fund to help students in need

 Click here and read



Primate calls for “Tsunami of truth-telling” after SA President loses court battle

Click here and read what Archbishop Says


We are sad to announce the passing  of Nolutho Nolumanyano Mbolekwa, wife of Rev Godukile, on Sunday 20 March 2016 .

funeral will be on the 01-April-2016 at TT Jonas Indoor Sport Centre Port Alfred, speeches  at 08:00h Am and require mass at 09:00am by the Most Revd Bishop Ntlali.


Sermon for the Easter Vigil, St George's Cathedral, Cape Town

Please Click Here and read the sermon for Easter Vigil By Archbishop Thabo.



 Archbishop speaks about Moral dilemma

Rebuilding South Africa, Recovering our Vision and Renewing our Society

Please Click here and read the Opening remarks by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to launch a national conversation on the Socio-Economic Future of South Africa:




“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing"

Bishop preached and demonstrated these verses to the Children of St Andrew's preparatory School yesterday in the institution of Revd Monwabisi Peter as the Chaplain of the School.



Please Click here and read the Statement by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba,


Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Bishop Ebenezer, Bishop S'thembele, Bishop Beth, Premier of the Eastern Cape,and the Mayer of Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality laid  wreaths in commemoration of victims of the Bisho Massacre.



Mrs Shona Domeris, wife of Rev. Dr Bill Domeris, passed away peacefully at St Dominic Hospital, East London

on Saturday the 13th February @ 19h00.

The funeral service will be conducted @ St Mary & St Andrew Church, Kidd’s Beach on Wednesday the 17th February @ 15h00.

Please Click here and Pray with Archbishop


Umbuliso, Lent 2016 

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


Diocese of Grahamstown to host Synod of Bishops from 13-19 February 2016

For further information, and programme please click here




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.


 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...


Southern Anglican Online Magazine

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


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:
Marketing and Communication/Media Officer :


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.