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

Ascension Day Service, Thursday 10 May

Come and join us in celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday 10 May. Sung Eucharist will be celebrated at 6 pm and the preacher will be the Venerable Eduardo Bukutu from Mozambique.

Discovering Prayer

Discovering Prayer offers a simple way to listen and pray…
even when you are busy.
Getting going and keeping going with prayer can be tricky.
Would you like to:

  • Experience prayer as well as reading about it.
  • Get into a routine of regular prayer.
  • Deepen your prayer life starting with 10-minute sessions.

Go the Discovering Prayer website to learn how you can sign up. Their latest course is entitled Thy Kingdom Come 2018.

Cathedral Students call for a weekly fast

Message from the Cathedral Student Ministry (CSM) Core Team

We as the Cathedral Student Ministry have started an initiative, where we commit ourselves to fast ONE meal a week and donate the money that we’d have used for that meal to a feeding scheme. We’d appreciate it if you helped us make a difference in someone’s life by joining us in this cause.

Contributions will be put in a jar every Sunday at Student Service (6:30pm). No specific amount needed.

Thank you in advance.

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.



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

Diocesan Intercessions

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

Umbuliso for Easter 2018

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

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).

Letter from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali

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