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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.
  • IGREJA ANGLICANA DE MOZAMBIQUE E ANGOLA (IAMA)

 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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19 replies on “Memorial Services for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu”

May our dear Arch Desmond Tutu rest in eternal peace. We give thanks to a life well lived in the servitude of God and service to all of humanity. Arch will be dearly missed, and Now it is our task to take forward his work in terms of justice and peace.

Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Mama Leah, children, the entire Anglican family on the passing of our dearest father of the nation. What more can we still ask from the ask who has done so much for us, the continent and the globe.

Benny Boshielo

Dear His Grace Desmond Tutu. You have shown us as the body of Christ. What it means too be a witness. We will cherries your legacy. R.I.P

You have ran your race Archbishop Emeritus Mpilo Tutu. I am honoured to have served under your leadership and also able to grasp the wisdom that defined your beautiful Soul. We will definitely miss you and most importantly the charisma and energy that you always had when you were with us. Rest in Power Tata🙏🏽

Dear Tutu family my sincerest condolences. An icon has gone to a bet. ter place. He was a fighter and a good Arch Bishop Emeritus. He fought for our release and relentlessly made the
World aware of a whole church that was detained. I salute you! A Saint you was may the Angels lead you to paradise.R.I.P ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS TUTU

You have run a good race of faith Ntate Tutu, all that is waiting for you is a glorious crown. A Morena a robatse moya wa gago o ka kagiso. You will be missed. To the family, gomotsegang, Jehova o ne a kadimile, o boile o latile. Amen and Amen 🙏🙏💖

We add our voice to the many voices in praying for the repose of the soul of late Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a man of God and people in the true sense of the word. He has done excellently! He loved God and loved and cared for God’s people. He rest in peace and may he rise in glory Everlasting! Our deepest condolences to Mama Leah and family!

We offer prayers and gratitude for the life of Archbishop Tutu. It was an enormous privilege and blessing to have known him. As the Sisulu family, we will be forever grateful for his pastoral care for our parents, Walter and Albertina Sisulu. We will never, ever forget the love that the Arch and Mam’Leah showered on them. Personally he affirmed me in my human rights work. I will be forever thankful for him for being a shining light in our lives. Deepest condolences to Mam’Leah and family and to the Church community. May his dear soul rest in peace and his legacy live on.

To MamLeah and Father Tutu’s family and friends, Sincere condolences for the loss of your husband and father. He has served our country with the most authentic expression of love, humanity, integrity and compassion. May he rest in perfect peace and rise in full glory. Thanks for sharing him with us and all the world. We are better people for having known him as a father and a world icon. Lala ngo xolo Father Tutu.

To our Archbishop Desmond Tutu may your soul rest in eternal peace, you ran your race and 90years of life well lived.
Your legacy will live on. 🕯🕊🤍

What a privilege and honor to have been sitting under the tuition of a legend, a devoted cleric, a tutor of high caliber. Hamba kahle tata

God had Given. God has taken. You have lived an impact full life. 90 beautiful years of servant leadership. Your teachings will stay with us forever for generations and generations to come. Goodnight Arch. Sleep in peace and rise in glory. Condolences to Mum Leah and the family.

We add our voice to the many voices in praying for the repose of the soul of late Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a man of God and people in the true sense of the word. He has done excellently! He loved God and loved and cared for God’s people. He rest in peace and may he rise in glory Everlasting! Our deepest condolences to Mama Leah and family!

Few ever will be like him. None in our days has witnessed as he did. What a glorious opportunity God us to live during his ministry. May out of us all God lift up such a prophet, leader, pastor and shepherd as Arch Tutu was. Rest eternal grant unto him Lord. Adios amigo!

I now live in Ontario, Canada, but lived in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1988 when Archbishop Tutu visited our tiny northern cathedral. I had the immense pleasure of meeting this great man of peace and people. I had followed his campaign against apartheid for a long time. When I did briefly meet him, I was gripped by the aura of love that he exuded and was only able to mumble my appreciation for his work and him even though I felt that I was in the presence of a man who exuded genuine love and care. I think that he did that to most people. A great man of love and peace who is already truly missed.

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