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


Diocesan Family Weekend, 20-23 August 2015

Download a Full Programme, including details of the Clergy School. Click here for the Invitation to clergy and parishes.


Umbuliso for August-September 2015


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

Grahamstown Churches welcome Festival visitors - Anglican Girls' Guild news - Bishop Ebenezer writes: "Jesus Christ gives rest to the People of God" - Tablets donated to COTT - MU Biennial Conference - New officers for Grahamstown Archdeaconry Bernard Mizeki Guild - Port Alfred farewell to Robin and Vanessa Murray - New Bishop of Natal - Qumrha Rector installed - From the Department of Spirituality: "Laugh and grow strong" - Order of St  Barnabas news - Youth Day Fun-Run - 65th Anniversary of Diocesan St Agnes Guild - Letter to the Editor: "A Challenge to the Church in contemporary society"  - Umbuliso uyakubulisa (news in brief).  


College of the Transfiguration Open Seminars

Clergy and laity are welcome to attend these seminars - see below.


Ad Clerum for July 2015

Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali's latest letter to the clergy of the diocese is now available. Click here to download as a pdf.


Chaplain sought for St Mary's School Waverley, Johannesburg

St Mary's School, Waverley, a pre-eminent independent Anglican school for girls, invites applications for the post of School Chaplain from 1 January 2016. See more... 


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...


Ad Clerum

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.


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.