Anglican Diocese of Cape Town

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Diocese of Cape Town
Arms of the Diocese of Cape Town.gif
Location
Country South Africa
Ecclesiastical province Southern Africa
Archdeaconries Cathedral, Athlone, Constantia, Groote Schuur, Ibongoletu, Rondebosch, Waterfront
Coordinates 33°55′30″S 18°25′10″E / 33.92500°S 18.41944°E / -33.92500; 18.41944
Statistics
Parishes 47
Information
Rite Anglican
Established 1847
Cathedral St. George's Cathedral
Current leadership
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town
Suffragan Garth Counsell, Bishop of Table Bay
Website
www.capetown.anglican.org
Christ in Triumph over Darkness and Evil, stained glass window by French artist Gabriel Loire in memory of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, at St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town.
Archbishop-emeritus Desmond Tutu

The Diocese of Cape Town is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) which presently covers central Cape Town, some of its suburbs and the island of Tristan da Cunha, though in the past it has covered a much larger territory. The Ordinary of the diocese is Archbishop of Cape Town and ex officio Primate and Metropolitan of the ACSA. His seat is St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town.[1]

Desmond Tutu was archbishop from 1986 to 1996 and is currently archbishop-emeritus. The current archbishop is Thabo Makgoba. Because of the archbishop's responsibilities as primate, many of his diocesan duties are delegated to a suffragan bishop known as the Bishop of Table Bay, an office currently held by Garth Counsell.

History[edit]

The diocese came into being in 1847 with the consecration of the first bishop, Robert Gray, and was the first diocese of what was to become the Church of the Province of Southern Africa and subsequently the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The original territory of the diocese, which had previously fallen under the Diocese of Calcutta, included the whole of Southern Africa.

In 1853 the territory was reduced by the creation of the Diocese of Grahamstown in the eastern parts of the Cape Colony and the Diocese of Natal in the Colony of Natal. In 1859 a Diocese of St Helena was created for Saint Helena and Ascension Island. In 1863 the Diocese of Bloemfontein was created, taking over all the territory north of the Orange River and the Drakensberg mountains. The territory of the Cape Town diocese was further reduced in 1911 by the creation of the dioceses of George and Kimberley and Kuruman. Finally, in 2005 the diocese was divided into three, with the part to north of the city of Cape Town becoming the Diocese of Saldanha Bay and the part to the east of the city becoming the Diocese of False Bay.

Parishes[edit]

List of Bishops and Archbishops[edit]

Bishops of Cape Town
From Until Incumbent Notes
1847 1873 Robert Gray In 1853 resigned his overlarge diocese and received fresh letters patent for a new, smaller diocese.
1874 1897 William West Jones Became Archbishop of Cape Town.
Archbishops of Cape Town
1897 1908 William West Jones Died in office.
1909 1930 William Carter Previously Bishop of Zululand and then of Pretoria.
1931 1938 Francis Phelps Translated from Grahamstown; died in office.
1938 1948 Russell Darbyshire Translated from Glasgow and Galloway; died in office.
1948 1957 Geoffrey Clayton Translated from Johannesburg; died in office.
1957 1963 Joost de Blank Translated from Stepney.
1964 1974 Robert Selby Taylor Previously Bishop of Northern Rhodesia, then of Pretoria, then of Grahamstown; later Bishop of Central Zambia.
1974 1981 Bill Burnett Previously Bishop of Bloemfontein and then of Grahamstown.
1981 1986 Philip Russell Previously Bishop of Port Elizabeth and then of Natal.
1986 1996 Desmond Tutu Previously Bishop of Lesotho and then of Johannesburg; now Archbishop emeritus (of Cape Town).
1996 2007 Njongonkulu Ndungane Translated from Kimberley and Kuruman.
2007 present Thabo Makgoba Translated from Grahamstown.

Schools[edit]

The Diocese has four diocesan schools:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°55′30″S 18°25′10″E / 33.92500°S 18.41944°E / -33.92500; 18.41944