Anglican Diocese of Harare

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The Anglican Diocese of Mashonaland was formed in 1891[1] and its first bishop was George Knight-Bruce.[2][3] He was then succeeded by William Gaul (1895–1907), formerly Rector of St Cyprian's Church in Kimberley. Small in stature, Gaul styled himself “the smallest bishop with the largest Diocese in Christendom.”[4] In 1915 the diocese became the “Diocese of Southern Rhodesia” [5] until 1952 when it reverted to the “Diocese of Mashonaland". Now known as the “Diocese of Harare and Mashonaland” it has experienced great turbulence in recent times.[6]


  1. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Nov 04, 1891; pg. 4; Issue 33473; col E The SPCK has given £1,000 to aid a new Rhodesian diocese
  2. ^ Details of the life of Bishop Knight-Bruce
  3. ^ Knight-Bruce, George Wyndham (1892). Journals of the Mashonaland Mission 1888 to 1892. Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. 
  4. ^ Williams, Alpheus F. (1948) Some dreams come true; p. 388
  5. ^ Welch, Pamela J. (2005) ‘Church and Settler: a Study in the History of the Anglican Diocese of Mashonaland/Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1925’, London: University of London ISBN 978-1-84192-379-6
  6. ^ Recent turmoil

In December 1907 E.N.Powell DD became bishop. He had been Vicar of St Saviour's Upton Park (from the inscription of a Pectoral Cross presented to him by the Parish)The current bishop of the Diocese of Harare is Chad Nicholas Gandiya