Welcome to the Grahamstown Cathedral Website!

Come in, browse around, make yourself at home! From contact details of the Cathedral staff to lists of the music at the next Sunday service, interesting information about our beautiful building, and lots of news (and archived news) of People and Places connected to the Cathedral family – it’s all here. Click on ‘Videos’ on the side menu to hear some of the music of Grahamstown Cathedral.

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Many thanks to Michael Künz of Growing the Church in Cape Town for setting up this site for us.

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Latest News

Romance in the Choir

Congratulations to two members of the Cathedral Choir, Glyn Lloyd-Jones and Jessica Smith, who are engaged to be married! We pray their lives together may be richly blessed.

More new, young Lay Ministers

We welcome two more new Lay Ministers, admitted on Sunday 15 April. Kundai Jimu (left) and Anelisa Kelemi are part of the Cathedral Student Ministry.


Thanks received from D F Malan High School Wind Band

After the splendid performances by the D F Malan High School Wind Band at our 9:30 Eucharist on Easter Day, and their concert in the Cathedral the same afternoon, their conductor Faan Malan wrote an email thanking for our hospitality. Many thanks to them for inspiring us with their playing! Read the email here.

Cathedral Students Graduate at Rhodes

Congratulations to Dr Rose Kadye, Lesley Bloy, Teyla de Ricquebourg, Rosa Msweli, Tendai Tendy Goto, Noxolo kheswa, Ayanda Mpofu, Katryn Nieuwoudt, and Lydia Kudye who graduated over the weekend after Easter. For more pictures, see our Gallery.

Vestry Meeting Resolution concerning the situation in Makana Municipality

A delegation from the Cathedral met with the acting Municipal Manager, Mr Ted Pillay, on 28 March, to present him with the Cathedral Vestry resolution on Makana matters: water, roads, sewerage; financial sustainability of the municipality; good governance; and to state our support for all who are seeking to improve things. The Dean reported that it was a helpful, positive meeting.

Admission of Church Officers

On 18 March the Dean admitted our new Parish Councillors on behalf of the Bishop. Congratulations to the newly elected Churchwardens, Ronaldo Burger and Paul Walters. The Parish Councillors are: Jane Bradshaw, Rodney Bridger, Theo Duxbury, Siphiwe Ncaca and Lungile Pinxa, and Sister Carol CR who continues to represent the Sisters.

New Lay Ministers

We thank God for the addition of four new Lay Ministers to the Cathedral team. Lithemba Busakwe, Lou-Anne Liebenberg, Dawn Long and Luvuyo Mvaphantsi were licensed on 18 March.

The Cathedral is going Green!

Recently installed: our third water tank at the Deanery, as well as a solar geyser. Green Anglicans we are!



Cathedral Student Ministry Camp

The Cathedral Students had a great time at their annual camp at Assegaai Trails, with Revd Claire and Mama Jane Bradshaw. For more pictures, see our Gallery.

Makana Choir School Funding Drive


The Cathedral Choir consists of some dozen adults and the young choristers of the Makana Choir School. Throughout the year the Choir sings at morning Eucharist services twice a month, and at Evensong twice a month. The Vision of the Choir School is to develop the musicianship of young choristers and thereby to develop them as well-rounded leaders in their community. In return for the choristers’ commitment to the Choir they may be eligible to receive a Scholarship towards their school fees.

The Makana Choir School would like to ask for your support towards this worthwhile project. A number of individual donors make regular monthly payments to the Choir School, which although not large in themselves, together make a valuable contribution towards the Choir School’s budget. Please consider joining them. Read more about the Choir School, their vision and objectives, budget and achievements, here…








Cathedral Vision

We believe we are called to be a vibrant, attractive, diverse, welcoming, all age community of people who seek to follow Christ.
The Cathedral’s ministry seeks at all times to be obedient to the call of God through Jesus Christ.

Key Performance Areas

  • Worship
  • Pastoral care and building community
  • Families, children and young people
  • Teaching, discipleship and evangelism
  • Mission, ministry and outreach
  • Administration, communication and oversight
  • Cathedral plant and physical environment
  • Dedication and stewardship

Latest Publications

Letters from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

To read the Archbishop’s Easter letter on Eastertide and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, click here.

To read the Archbishop’s letter ‘To the Laos – To the People of God’ for April 2018, click here.

Address by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

The Archbishop’s challenging words to the School of Accountancy at the University of the Witwatersrand, 18 April 2018

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s Easter Sermon

The Sermon preached by our Archbishop, Thabo Makgoba in St George’s Cathedral Cape Town on Easter Day, 1 April 2018.

Annual Vestry 2018

Agenda, Minutes and Reports for the Vestry Meeting on Sunday 11 March 2018 (Book A).

Diocesan Intercessions

Daily prayers of intercessions and thanksgiving for the Diocese of Grahamstown for April 2018.


Letter from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali

Read Bishop Ebenezer’s latest letter to the clergy and people, November-December 2017.

Umbuliso for Lent 2018

Umbuliso, the newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown for Lent 2018, can be downloaded as a pdf