Monthly Archives: Jun 2019

Archbishop Thabo urges new “via media” for Communion

From the Church Times, London, of June 28, 2010

Makgoba: Lambeth 2020 boycotts will not help anyone

The Archbishop of Capetown speaks to Anli Serfontein

THE Archbishop of Cape Town, Dr Thabo Makgoba, has urged bishops and Provinces in the Anglican Communion — including members of GAFCON — not to boycott the Lambeth Conference in 2020. Instead, he has said that they should “all come around the table”.

(You can read the full report on the Church Times website at: https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/28-june/news/world/makgoba-lambeth-2020-boycotts-will-not-help-anyone

Candidates for election as Bishop of Table Bay

An Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Cape Town will choose a successor to the retiring Bishop of Table Bay, the Right Revd Garth Counsell, from the 25th to the 27th of July.

Please pray for the Elective Assembly and for the candidates nominated for election:

The Ven Terrence Lester – Christ Church, Constantia
The Rev Canon Mark Long – St Andrew’s, Newlands
The Ven Joshua Louw – St Paul’s, Bree Street
The Rev Ashley Petersen – St James the Great, Sea Point
The Rev Allan Smith – St Martin’s, Bergvliet
The Very Rev Michael Weeder – St George’s Cathedral

Mrs Matlotlisang Mototjane
Provincial Executive Administrator

Inviting young people to join Taizé Pilgrimage

Do you want to join thousands of young people from across the world in worship, learning and fellowship in Cape Town in September?

If yes, then sign up for the Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust from 25 to 29 September. The deadline for signing up is 21 July and you can do it here:
http://www.taize.fr/en_article25024.html

Groups have already signed up from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Lithuania, Slovakia, France, Germany and the USA. 

Over the five days of the Pilgrimage, you will stay with pre-selected families in Cape Town. During the days, you will visit “places of hope” and have two big prayer sessions a day at the central venue, St Joseph’s College in Rondebosch in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. In the afternoons you will attend workshops on various relevant topics.

Want to know more about this year’s pilgrimage. Look here:
http://www.taize.fr/en_article23846.html

And more about the Taize movement here:
http://www.taize.fr/en

More than 80 congregations in Cape Town have agreed to open their doors to participants. The very low R250 registration fee covers accommodation with families in Cape Town, seven meals at the main venue and local bus travel. Once you have registered, you will receive detailed registration information.

Here’s the sign-up page again:
http://www.taize.fr/en_article25024.html

Bishop Patrick Matolengwe dies, aged 82

From left, Bishops Bethlehem Nopece, Ebenezer Ntlali and Patrick Matolengwe with former President Kgalema Motlanthe at a service celebrating Bishop Patrick’s ministry and 80th birthday. (Photo: Graaff-Reinet Advertiser)

The Right Revd Dr Patrick Monwabisi Matolengwe, a former Bishop Suffragan of Cape Town, a former Dean of Milwaukee in the United States, a former senior official of the SA Council of Churches, and an assistant bishop in a number of dioceses, has died in Johannesburg.

He died peacefully at the Helen Joseph Hospital, said a notice from the Provincial Executive Office at Bishopscourt.

“He died surrounded by his wife, Sapho, and children. The funeral will be held in his home town, Graaff-Reinet, at a date to be announced once family has finalized the arrangements,” the notice added.

Bishop Matolengwe was born in Graaff-Reinet, trained as a teacher at Lovedale and then turned to the ministry. He served in both rural and urban areas, notably at Nyanga in Cape Town.

His ministry in Cape Town coincided with the crises caused by the apartheid government when it tried to enforce the pass laws by repeatedly destroying people’s homes in informal settlements and forcibly removing the wives and children of migrant workers to the Eastern Cape.

He served as Bishop Suffragan of Cape Town in the time of Archbishops Philip Russell and Desmond Tutu, and in 1988 moved to Milwaukee in Wisconsin. There he was first appointed Dean of All Saints Cathedral and then Assisting Bishop in the diocese of Milwaukee.

He continued his theological studies in the United States, earning a Master’s degree in Theological Studies at Nashotah House seminary in 1992 and a Doctor of Ministry degree at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 1996. Nashotah House also conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa).

After returning home, he led the work of the South African Council of Churches in co-ordinating its work with that of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

After retiring he served in the Parish of St. Phillip’s, Graaff-Reinet, and as Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman. Latterly, he has assisted at the parish of Christ the King in Sophiatown.

This report was updated after first publication with the detail of Bishop Matolengwe’s educational qualifications in the U.S., which were kindly supplied by his family.

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