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New ACSA Covid guidelines – Feb 11, 2022

The Archbishop’s Covid Advisory Team has issued new guidelines for Anglicans in Southern Africa, dealing with wide-ranging matters, from receiving Communion to holding Vestry meetings, and from how to arrange Ash Wednesday services to celebrating weddings and holding funerals.

The 13-page guidelines are available below, for reading online or downloading (scroll to the end to download).

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Memorial Services for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

The following memorial services have been announced in celebration of the life of our Archbishop Emeritus:

This list will be updated as new details are finalised

  • The City of Cape Town will host an Interfaith Memorial Service at 6pm on Wednesday, 29 December. They will announce full details themselves.
  • Diocese of Cape Town, a memorial Eucharist service on Thursday, 30 December at 11am at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel.
  • The Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will host an event in Cape Town on Thursday, 30 December in the evening.
  • The Diocese of Saldanha Bay, St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton will be holding a service of Evening Prayer at 6:30pm each evening until Saturday, 1 January 2022; St Oswald’s has been the parish church of the Tutu family since Archbishop Tutu’s retirement.
  • Diocese of Saldanha Bay, will hold an Ecumenical and Interfaith Requiem Mass including the LBGTIQ+ Community at St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton on Thursday,30 December at 7pm, after Evening Prayer.
  • The Diocese of the Free State will hold a thanksgiving service at St Peter’s Rocklands in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 29 December at 9am.
  • Diocese of Mpumalanga: A memorial service will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church at Kwa-Guqa in Emalahleni on Wednesday at 10am.
  • Free State: A thanksgiving service at Church of Grace Thabong in Welkom on Thursday, 30 December at 12pm.
  • The Diocese of the Highveld will have an Ecumenical Eucharist at 5pm on Wednesday, 29 December at St Dunstan’s Cathedral in Benoni.
  • The Diocese of Mzimvubu is arranging a thanksgiving service at St Saviour’s Cathedral Parish, Flagstaff on Thursday, 30 December at 9am.
  • The Diocese of George will have the following services:
    • Friday, 31 December at 12pm: parishes throughout the Diocese will have a Requiem Mass.
    • Saturday, 8 January 2022 at 10am: Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at St Marks Cathedral George.
  • The Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman will be having an Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St Cyprian’s Cathedral in Kimberley at 10am on Thursday, 30 December.
  • The Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist will host an Ecumenical Service at Christ Church Cathedral in Polokwane on Thursday, 30 December at 10am.
  • The Diocese of Pretoria will hold an ecumenical and interfaith service at 11am on Thursday, 30 December at St Albans Cathedral in Pretoria. They will announce full details themselves.
  • The Diocese of Johannesburg will also hold a memorial service in St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg at 11am on Thursday, 30 December. They will announce full details themselves.
  • Johannesburg: There will be a midday prayer and laying of flowers with the bishop, dean and mayor at Soweto Tutu House on Wednesday, 20 December at 12pm.
  • Johannesburg: A Requiem Mass will be held at St Michael and All Angels, Weltevreden Park on Wednesday, 29 December at 5pm.
  • Johannesburg: There will be a thanksgiving mass with Bishop Steve Moreo at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Soweto on Friday, 31 December at 9am.
  • The Diocese of Lesotho will host a thanksgiving memorial on Thursday, 30 December at 2pm at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St James in Maseru.
  • The Diocese of Port Elizabeth: St Mary’s Cathedral in Gqeberha will hold a memorial service at 10am on Friday, 31 December.
  • Diocese of Zululand: The Cathedral of St Michael’s and All Angels in Eshowe will be hosting an ecumenical thanksgiving service on Friday, 31 December at 10am.
  • Diocese of Matlosana: On Thursday, 30 December at 10am the Diocese of Matlosane, City Council of Matlosana, Northwest Government and interfaith communities will be assembling at the Archbishop Desmond’s birthplace for prayers and the laying of wreaths. There will then be a procession (weather permitting) from his birthplace to the Matlosana Auditorium where Memorial Service will take place starting at 12pm.
  • On Friday, 31 December, the Diocese of Matlosana has arranged for a Requiem Mass in his honor and thanksgiving for his life and ministry.
  • The Diocese of St Helena will have our memorial service, where all denominations will be in attendance, on Thursday, 30 December at 10:30am at St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • The Diocese of Khahlamba will have a memorial service on Friday, 31 December at the Cathedral Parish of St Michael’s and All Angels from 10am to 12pm.
  • Diocese of Christ the King
  • Wednesday 29th December – 12 noon – a Requiem Mass at  Church of the Transfiguration, Eldorado Park with  the Ecumenical Fraternal.
  • Thursday 30th December – 12 noon – Interfaith Service at Christ the Saviour, Lenasia
  • Friday 31st December – 12 noon – a community service at St Cyprians, Sharpeville with those who suffered major atrocities by the apartheid government.
  • A memorial will be held at Westminster Abbey in London in the next three months, at a date to be confirmed by the Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

 Each of the 12 dioceses will hold a Diocesan Memorial on Friday 10 AM Mozambique time  and 9 AM Angola time. On Saturday between 6:30 and 8:00 AM all parishes and Pastoral Charges will celebrate a Parochial Memorial Mass in the IAMA. Bishop Dinis will preach at the one in Maputo before traveling to CapeTown.  Holding you in our prayers. 

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Diocese of Mthatha elects new Bishop

The Ven Jemuel Thembinkosi Ngombane is the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Mthatha.

Archdeacon Ngombane was elected on the first ballot at an Elective Assembly of the Diocese today. He was one of three candidates.

Please pray for Archdeacon Ngombane, his wife Nomathemba and their wider family as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

Provincial Executive Officer

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VACANCY – Diocesan Secretary, Zululand

The Anglican Diocese of Zululand is advertising the post of Diocesan Secretary.

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Diocese of Mbhashe elects new Bishop

The Very Revd Mluleki Fikizolo, Dean of Mbhashe, has been chosen as the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese.

He was elected on the third ballot at an Elective Assembly of the Diocese today. He was one of six candidates nominated.

Please pray for Dean Fikizolo, his family and the Diocese as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

Provincial Executive Officer

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Nominees for the Elective Assemblies of the Dioceses of Mbhashe and Mthatha

Please pray for the following candidates and their families. The Elective Assemblies will be taking place over the next couple of days.

Diocese of Mbhashe

1. Canon Siphiwo Linda Bam

2. The Very Revd Mluleki Fikizolo

3. Archdeacon Dr Bonginkosi Justice Mditshane

4. Canon Xola Cecil Mlandu

5. Archdeacon Simnikiwe Oswald Nkosivumile Mqunyana

6. Archdeacon Dr Zweledinga Tyumre.

Diocese of Mthatha

1. Ven Dr Bonginkosi Justice Mditshane

2. Ven Mzubanzi Mdunyelwa

3. Ven Jamuel Thembinkosi Ngombane

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Cape Town Diocesan tribunal judgement

[Updated] The disciplinary tribunal of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town which has held hearings into charges – including sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual immorality- against the Revd Melvin Booysen, delivered its judgement on Thursday September 30. A webcast of the judgement can be viewed below. The full text of the judgement is also available.

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Synod of Bishops – September 2021 – Communiqué

A PDF version of this Communiqué, issued after the Synod’s meeting on September 20th and 21st is available below the text.


I wish you to be shepherds with ‘the smell of the sheep’” – Pope Francis

The Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa held our September meeting over two days on a virtual platform this year. The previous day the Synod spent a difficult but rewarding day in discerning the mind of Christ to fill two vacant Dioceses. We are glad to announce that Bishop Brian Marajh will assume the episcopal seat in Kimberley and Kuruman, and the Revd Dr Vicentia Kgabe has become the Bishop-Elect of Lesotho. The Bishops also agreed to the translation of Bishop Vicente Msosa of Niassa to the newly-established Missionary Diocese of Zambezia. The Synod of Bishops also, albeit reluctantly, agreed to the retirement of Bishop Luke Pato of Namibia.

This Synod of Bishops was a special occasion in the sense that it was the last time that the Bishops from our Portuguese-speaking Dioceses shared with us in our deliberations. We were joined by the Vicars-General of the newly established Dioceses of the Igreja Anglicana de Mozambique e Angola (IAMA).

Great gratitude and appreciation were expressed to Vicars-General who all excelled in providing leadership in vacant Dioceses, a number for unusually long periods during coronavirus lockdowns. The Bishops voted unanimously in favour of them being conferred with the title of Honorary Provincial Canon. The Synod of Bishops reflected on the implementation of the new Canon 4. In six elections that used the new provisions, only one Diocese was able to elect a Bishop. It was agreed that more fine-tuning to Canon 4 is needed if it is to serve the ACSA more effectively. A motion to this effect was passed by Synod and will now serve before Provincial Synod. The motion will ask Provincial Synod to approve the increase of the number of ballots from eight to ten before an election is referred to the Synod of Bishops. This arrangement will be valid only until the next Provincial Synod in 2024.

The Synod of Bishops discussed and endorsed a report proposing that the Diocese of Natal consider multiplying by establishing new, smaller Dioceses. Synod noted the positive experiences of Dioceses in other regions which have multiplied in the past, and the solid case which the Diocese of Natal presented for multiplication. It resolved to support the consideration of a motion on the matter at Provincial Synod. It also noted the need for a formal motion from the Synod of the Diocese of Natal to Provincial Synod in order to meet the requirements for due diligence.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the Information Regulator (South Africa), and a team from her office addressed Synod on the complexities of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and its implications for ACSA. Synod of Bishops learnt that as long as personal information is used for the purpose for which it was gathered we should not have problems. ACSA is to ensure that each Diocese and each parish must see to the appointment and registration of a POPIA compliance officer. The golden rule to adhere to in order to ensure compliance is G-O-D: personal information is to be Gathered, Organised (kept safe), and Destroyed when appropriate.

The Synod of Bishops learnt from Bishop Dintoe Letloenyane, Liaison Bishop for the youth, of the positive spirit amongst our youth. They seem to rise to opportunities in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Their ready use of online platforms to celebrate children and young people; the development of liturgies that are used to great effect on virtual platforms; their consistent messages to their peers not to be tempted to take part in the looting and arson in South Africa in early July; and their call to refrain from alcohol and substance abuse which the lockdown experiences seem to encourage are all positive and encouraging signs.

We rejoiced at the news of the publication of an abridged version of the Anglican Prayer Book in the Kwanyama language (indigenous to Namibia).

Canon Rosalie Manning from the Safe and Inclusive Church Network reminded the Bishops about the need to have on file from clerics (and bishops) any possible adverse information as to their conduct relating to the different categories of abuse. The Synod of Bishops was deeply saddened when it needed to confirm a Diocesan Tribunal sentence of degradation of an accused priest. The charges included sexual harassment.

The Bishops received a challenging report from the working group on Guidelines for Couples in Same Sex Unions. The need for a possible pastoral response was again emphasised and it was referred to Dioceses for further study. One of the slides in the presentation summed up our present situation: “Human Sexuality: our discomfort in talking about it. Our difficulty in learning about it. Could result in our misunderstanding of it, render us impotent in responding to it.”

Canon Manning gave us an update, on behalf of the ACSA COVID-19 Provincial Advisory Team, on our legal obligations in terms of the COVID-19 protocols. She also shared statistics and the impact of the pandemic and how it has brought about other challenges, for example, in areas such as mental health and Gender-Based Violence. Synod agreed to endorse the call for all to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Chairperson of the Task Team on Discrimination in Anglican Schools, Professor Mary Metcalfe, gave a progress report. The team have started to engage with heads and other representatives of Anglican schools. The engagements are a way of seeking collaboration to address discrimination at our Diocesan schools. The Bishops and Vicars-General were encouraged to take leadership in these initiatives.

Professor N Barney Pityana, who heads the Archbishop’s Commission on the College of the Transfiguration, Theological Education and Ministerial Formation, spoke powerfully on the challenges and opportunities which COVID presents to the Church when he referred to the special spiritual and theological moments which we are presented with during the pandemic. Deep questions about who and what we are must be reflected on in theological terms. At present our focus on Mission and Evangelism is compromised and we seem to shy away from grappling with and exploring the difficult questions which our present context presents.

Synod of Bishops received a report from Bishop Carlos Matsinhe of Lebombo on the development of the new Province of IAMA. We noted the consent of the Primates of the Communion to the establishment of the new Province, the adoption of the Constitution and Canons in the first Provincial Synod held on the 1st of September 2021, the creation of eight new dioceses, and the appointment of Vicars-General. The Bishops endorsed the process and commended it to Provincial Synod for final approval.

We gave thanks for the sterling work of the outgoing director of Growing the Church, the Revd Trevor Pearce and welcomed the appointment of his successor, the Revd Bruce Woolley. The Bishops pray that the Province will share their excitement about the upcoming Anglicans Ablaze Conference. ACSA will be hosting an international conference, so it will be good to see solid support from home.

Membership of the Provincial Order of Simon of Cyrene was to be conferred on Ms Di Oliver and Advocate Ronnie Bracks. The Revd Courtney Sampson and Revd Rachel Mash were to be bestowed with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice. We noted with pride the Lambeth decorations in the form of the Cross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican Communion to the Revd Dr Rachel Mash and Bishop Luke Pato, and the Langton Award for Community Service to the late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya.

PDF version follows:

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Full text of the Archbishop’s Charge to Provincial Synod 2021

Read the Archbishop’s Charge online here:

A PDF version of the Archbishop’s Charge is available here:

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Principles of ACSA’s Provincial Budget

The principles underlying the Church’s annual budget were laid out in the form of a slide presentation by the Provincial Treasurer, Rob Rogerson, at the meeting of the 2021 Provincial Synod.

See the presentation here:

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New Bishops elected for Kimberley & Kuruman and Lesotho

The Electoral College of Bishops met virtually today to elect new bishops for the vacant dioceses of Kimberley & Kuruman and Lesotho.

The bishops elected to translate the Right Revd Brian Marajh of George to become the Bishop of Kimberley & Kuruman.

They also elected the Revd Canon Dr Vicentia Kgabe, Rector of the College of the Transfiguration, as Bishop of Lesotho.

Please pray for Bishop Marajh and Dr Kgabe, their families and their dioceses as they prepare for their installation and consecration respectively.

Sincerely in Christ,

Provincial Executive Officer

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Provincial Synod Agenda books available

The Agenda books containing full details and proposals for the 2021 Provincial Synod, to take place from September 21 to 24, are available on the Provincial Synod page here >>>

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2022 Lectionary News

The Lectionary for 2022  will be available by the week of 4th October 2021. 

Please place your order with your diocesan office or local bookshop  ( if this is how you usually order)  OR  send an email  to

We will send a quote for the amount due and send the order on receipt of payment (after 4 October 2021).

Note this year the Lectionary will be available in TWO FORMATS

1.  Soft cover printed edition @ R30 per copy

      Available in English and isiXhosa

2.    e-book edition  @ R25 per copy.

For  the electronic book you need to order via the ACSA website –

 go to →  to Lctionary 2022

chose e-book option,

complete all the details needed

send an EFT in payment (use your surname as a reference)

 and the book will be emailed to you.

Remember both formats available from week of 4th October 2021.

Kind regards

Canon Cynthia Botha

ACSA Publishing Committee