Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
We give thanks to God for the prayerful support from all in the diocese. We also give thanks for the love, generosity and hospitality which we receive throughout the Diocese as we visit the various parishes.
Diocesan Finance Manager
We welcome the new Finance Manager Nceba January from Grahamstown who joined us on the 1st of October 2014. Please uphold Nceba in your prayers as he takes on this challenging and demanding position. We wish Cynthia De Beer, our out-going Finance Manager well for her future.
To the newly ordained deacons, Revds Lindelwa Kunene, Nobuntu Mageza and Mxoli Sizani. Please continue to pray for them as they start their new ministry.
Congratulations also to all at the Good Shepherd School in Grahamstown as they celebrated their 130th birthday on Friday the 3rd of October 2014. The building of the Good Shepherd School first housed the Cathedral Grammar School and was established by Sister Cecile (later to become Mother Cecile), Founder of the Community of Resurrection of our Lord in October 1884.
The Revd Philip Dixie, retired priest in Port Alfred and his wife Winnie have moved to Clarens which is in the Free State Diocese because of Winnie’s health.
The Revd Tim Fisher is to be re-licensed as Assistant Priest to St Peter’s, Sidbury, St Barnabas Alicedale and St Cyprians Highlands on the 16th of November 2014.
Revd Mziwoxolo Doda is now Rector at St Luke’s Mdolomba with effect 1st October 2014.
The Revd Gareth Jones will be acting Archdeacon of King William’s Town East with effect from 11th November 2014.
The Revd Temba Skweyiya has been appointed Rector of St John’s, Gwaba and St Peter’s, Zozo, the Revd Bukhosi Mabandla has been appointed Rector of St Paul’s, Zeleni, and the Revd Pumza Tiso Rector of St Paul with St Cyprian Qumrha, with effect from 11th November 2014.
The Revd Siyabonga Ndyoki has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of St James Peddie with effect from 11th November 2014.
The Revd Simphiwe Silwana will be the new Rector of St Gregory, Mdantsane with effect from 1st January 2015.
The Revd Kazeka Somhlahlo will be acting Rector of St Barnabas Tsholomnqa and St David’s Ncerha with effect from 1st January 2015.
160th Anniversary Celebrations
The climax of the Celebrations of our history and continued witness as a Diocese and as the people of God in 2014 will be held in Grahamstown. The Celebratory Dinner has been moved to 2015 as part of the Diocesan Family Weekend. Here follows an article which was published in the Grocott’s Mail on Friday 14th November regarding this coming weekend’s events:
The Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown was founded just over 160 years ago, and to celebrate this special anniversary the leadership of the Diocese under Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali has planned a weekend of events. On Saturday 22 November at 10 am the Cathedral will be the venue for the first Bishop David Russell Memorial Lecture. David Russell, who died in August this year, was Bishop of Grahamstown from 1987 to 2003. First speaker in what is intended to be a series of annual lectures will be given by the outgoing Rector of the College of the Transfiguration, Prof Barney Pityana. After a light lunch (included in the day's modest ticket price of R50) there will be a presentation at 2 pm by Dr Chris Mann, Rhodes Honorary Professor of Poetry, and his artist wife Julia Skeen, on "The Blessed Company of all Faithful People". This will also take place in the Cathedral. Chris will focus on the ancient Christian doctrine of the Communion of the Saints, and link it to the indigenous Southern African belief in the continuing presence of the shades of the ancestors. Julia will explore Christian symbols in painting with particular reference to her recent work that includes icon-like symbols of Christ as the Vine.
On the Sunday morning, 23 November, Anglicans from all over the Diocese of Grahamstown are invited to join in a procession of witness which will begin at the Drostdy Arch at9 am, and proceed down High Street to the Cathedral. At the Eucharist service which will follow, the preacher will be Prof Barney Pityana.
Please uphold these in your prayers:
- Synod of Bishops 2nd February to 6th February 2015
- Synod of Bishops 14th to 16th September 2015
- Provincial Standing Committee 16th to 18th September 2015
- Highveld Elective Assembly 19, 20 and 21 February 2015
- Consecration of the Diocese of the Highveld 25 April 2015
- Namibia Elective Assembly 29, 30 and 31st July 2015
- Consecration of the Diocese of Namibia 20 September 2015
The Diocesan Budget day was held on Saturday 8th November 2014 at St Saviours. East London.
We pray for the Dean, The Very Revd Andrew Hunter, his wife Claire and daughters Rachel and Nicola together with the rest of the family with the passing of his mother Elizabeth Hunter.
The father-in-law of Fr Twantwa’s brother passed away on the 28th of October, and was buried on the 8th of November at Ngqeleni in Mthatha. Please uphold the family in your prayers.
We continue to pray for those families who have lost loved ones with the collapse of the church guesthouse in Lagos Nigeria. We pray that the remains will be repatriated soon.
Pray for all who are busy with exams at the moment.
Due to the ongoing strike at the post office there have been delays with outgoing post in the Diocesan Office. This is unfortunately beyond our control but please accept our apology for any inconvenience you may suffer as a result.
God willing, we intend to ordain the following Deacons to the priesthood on the 16th of December 2014 at the Cathedral:
- Revd Feliciano Janneker of St Mark’s, Cambridge;
- Revd Lindelwa Kunene of St Philip’s, Gompo;
- Revd Luvuyo Mpangeva of Holy Trinity, Dimbaza;
- Revd Nobuntu Mageza of St Augustine’s, Grahamstown.
- Revd Nokuzola Kota of St Gregory’s, Mdantsane
- Revd Thandiwe Mosothoane of St Saviour’s, East London
- Revd Nontsikelelo Njoli of Holy Trinity, Dimbaza
- Revd Phumzile Guzana of St Matthew’s Mission, Keiskammahoek and
- Revd Tyronne Boucher of St Peter’s, West Bank, East London.
All the people of the Diocese are called upon to uphold them in prayer as they prepare for this very important phase of their ministry.