Sitembele Mzamane

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The Right Reverend
Sitembele Mzamane
Bishop of Mthatha
Church Anglican
See Anglican Diocese of Mthatha previous Diocese of St John's
In office 2000 – present
Predecessor Jacob Zambuhle Bhekuyise Dlamini
Successor incumbent
Orders
Ordination 1975
by James Leo Schuster
Consecration August 2000
by Njongonkulu Ndungane
Personal details
Born 30 January 1952
Previous post Dean of St John's

Sitembele Tobela Mzamane (born 30 January 1952)[1] is a South African Anglican bishop. He is the current Bishop of Mthatha,[2] and although the first bishop to bear that title, he is the 10th incumbent, since the bishopric was previously known as St John's.[3]

Biography[edit]

Sitembele was born in Ngcele,Tsolo,Transkei in 1952. His mother was Cynthia Sylvia Nozipho Dlwati and his father Joab Cornelius Mhlangenqaba Mzamane was an agriculturalist. His grand father Shadrack Mzamane was also an Anglican lay preacher in the Ngcele area. After receiving a Diploma in Theology from St. Bede’s College in Mthatha, Sitembele was ordained to the Diaconate in December of 1975 and the Priesthood in December of 1977.

While Priest in Charge of St. Barnabas Manzana, he completed a Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of South Africa. In 1998 he was appointed Rector of St. Peter’s, Butterworth, Eastern Cape and Archdeacon and served in that position for two years before being appointed Dean of St John's Cathedral, Mthatha.

While serving as Dean, he completed an Honours BA from the University of the Free State (graduating cum laude), an MA from the University of the Free State, and a PhD from the University of Pretoria. In 2013 he received a Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree, jure dignitatis from Huron University College.[4]

In 2000, Sitembele was elected Bishop of the Diocese of St. John’s.[5]

During his episcopacy the number of parishes grew so greatly that Mzamane drafted plans to split the area with a new episcopal see centred around Ngcobo.[6] The new Diocese of Mbhashe was established on 16 December 2010[7] out of part of the Diocese of Mthatha.[8]

Views[edit]

A former Dean of the diocese’s cathedral[9] Mzamane subscribes to the orthodox Anglican stance on homosexuality, and is opposed to the blessing of same-sex relationships.[10]

Notes[edit]

Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Jacob Zambuhle Bhekuyise Dlamini
Bishop of St John's
2000 –2006
Succeeded by
Diocese name changed to Mthatha
Preceded by
New name for former Diocese of St John’s
Bishop of Mthatha
2006 – present
Succeeded by
incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Contact details
  2. ^ Facts about area
  3. ^ News of renaming
  4. ^ http://www.huronuc.on.ca/news/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=1830
  5. ^ http://www.huronuc.on.ca/news/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=1830
  6. ^ http://www.aberdeen.anglican.org/visit%20to%20south%20africa.htm
  7. ^ Ngubo, Immanuel B (Lent 2011). "Consecration of new Mbhashe Bishop blessed with rain". Umbuliso 34 (1) (Diocese of Grahamstown). Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Anglican Archbishop to Inaugurate New Diocese - and Commend Madiba's Birthday as a 'Day of Thanksgiving'" (Press release). Anglican Church of Southern Africa. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  9. ^ 1990-2000
  10. ^ Same-sex blessings ban