Monthly Archives: Dec 2018

Synod of Bishops to choose new bishop for Mzimvubu

The election of a new Bishop of Mzimvubu has been delegated to the Synod of Bishops after an Elective Assembly of the Diocese was unable to elect at its meeting last week.

Notification of the outcome of the Elective Assembly will be tabled at the February 2019 session of the Synod, and the Electoral College is expected to be convened at the September 2019 session.

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NOTE DATE CHANGE: Hear Bishop Michael Curry in Johannesburg

The Most Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, will come to Johannesburg next February to deliver the annual lecture in memory of Bishop David Beetge of the Highveld.

Bishop Curry is best known in the Anglican Communion for his sermon at the marriage of British royal family member Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

The lecture will take place on Sunday 17 February 2019, venue and time still to be confirmed. [PLEASE NOTE the date has changed since the first announcement of this event.]

The proceeds of ticket sales will go to Kwasa College primary school, Daggafontein, Springs.

Early bird tickets – bought by December 16 – cost R120 (R50 for students) and other advance tickets R200.

Secure your tickets by sms to: 083 415 0128 and depositing to:
Standard Bank Kwasa College A/c: 020866607 Branch code 012142.

Ref: DB/your surname/cell no.

More info: Shado@absamail.co.za

New MU President elected

We congratulate Mrs Maria van Staden, who was elected as the new Provincial President of the Mothers' Union at the MU's Provincial Council meeting on Friday 7 December 2018 in Port Elizabeth. 

Maria hails from the Diocese of Saldanha Bay in the Aqua Cluster which includes the Diocese of George, the Diocese of False Bay and the Diocese of Cape Town.

We wish her well as she takes up this leadership position in 2019. Halala Maria!

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Port Elizabeth elects the Revd Dr Eddie Daniels as bishop

(Photo: Diocese of PE)

An Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth has elected the Revd Dr Eddie Daniels, Rector of St Margaret’s Church in Summerstrand (left), as the next Bishop of Port Elizabeth.

Dr Daniels was ordained as priest by the then Bishop Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg in 1985. After serving in that diocese for six years, he took up a post as lecturer in the former St Paul’s College in Grahamstown for two years.

He has served in parishes in the Diocese of Port Elizabeth for the past 25 years.

He holds a Diploma in Theology from St Paul’s, a BA degree and a Master of Education degree (both from Wits University), and a Doctor of Education degree from Nelson Mandela University.

He is married to Nicky and the couple has one son, Joshua. God willing, he will be consecrated as bishop on February 23 next year. He will succeed the Right Revd Bethlehem Nopece, who retired earlier this year.

Canon John Suggit receives Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice

Canon John Suggit with the citation of the award conferred on him by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

At a service to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his ordination as priest, one of the church’s leading theologians, the Revd Canon John Suggit, has been presented with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.

The service was held at St Margaret’s Church in Fish Hoek, in the Diocese of False Bay. Among those who attended were clergy who studied at the old St Paul’s College under Canon Suggit, including those holding a 50th anniversary reunion.

Among other recipients of the award have been Archbishop Emeritus Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu, former South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Professor Barney Pityana, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, retired President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and retired Bishop John Osmers of Zambia.

The citation for the award, presented by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, follows.

The Revd Canon John Suggit came to South Africa in 1948 with his wife, Thelma, after graduating with degrees in Classics and Theology at Worcester College, Oxford. Ordained deacon and priest in Grahamstown (now Makhanda) during that year, he served successively as a curate and acting Rector at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, then at St Hugh’s in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth – where he and his parishioners built the church as a “do-it-yourself” exercise – and at St Michael and All Angels’ in Queenstown (now Komani).

Proficient in Latin and Greek since preparatory school, and well grounded in parish ministry, he was appointed Warden of St Paul’s College in 1965, where he became renowned as an outstanding teacher, pastor and administrator. In the judgement of Bishop Duncan Buchanan, who worked with him, he was a perfectionist who insisted on the highest standards and worked with great skill to bring the college into the 20th century. After 10 years at St Paul’s, the post of Professor of New Testament Studies at Rhodes University became vacant. Interviewed for the post, his reply to why he had applied for it became the stuff of legend: it was because, he said, he wanted to learn more about the New Testament. His answer, in the words of Bishop Michael Nuttall, showed “the true mark of a scholar and teacher who is ever a disciple also.”

In turbulent times, John Suggit’s writings have played an important role in underpinning our Church and its witness. His devotion to the centrality of the Eucharist and his example as a model of what priesthood should be are an inspiration to us all. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is honoured to recognise this pastor, prophet and priest who has selflessly dedicated his life to the liberation and welfare of God’s people with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.

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