Welcome to the new-look 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. And don’t forget that the National Arts Festival will be here in a couple of months. All the details of the 2017 Spiritfest programme are here too!

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

Report issued by SACC Unburdening Panel

On 18 May 2017, at Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, the South African Council of Churches issued their Report to the Church Public on the Unburdening Panel Process. Every South African Christian needs to read this vitally important document.

Why we are here: In 1996, President Nelson Mandela addressed a gathering of African Ombuds Officers – the Public Protectors of Africa, then hosted by South Africa, and he said:
“Our experience had made us acutely aware of the possible dangers of a government that is neither transparent nor accountable. To this end our Constitution contains several mechanisms to ensure that government will not be part of the problem; but part of the solution. Public awareness and participation in maintaining efficiency in government within the context of human rights are vital to making a reality of democracy…” (Nelson Mandela, 1996.) Read more…

Choir and Dean at Dedication of Garden at Highlands

Members of the Cathedral Choir went to St Cyprian’s Highlands with the Dean, who preached at the dedication of the “Rose Garden” on Sunday, 14 May. Read his Sermon. More pictures in our Gallery.

Peter Rose, husband of Celia, addresses the gathering at the Dedication.

The garden has been beautifully levelled and landscaped to accommodate the annual St Cyprian’s Country Fair and other church and community events. It was dedicated and named in memory of the late Dr Celia Jameson Rose. Because she had been a member of the Cathedral Choir, her husband Peter invited the choir to lead the singing.

Baptism of Lulibo Madiba

On Saturday 13 May Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali baptised Lulibo, daughter of the Diocesan Media Officer the Revd Luthando Madiba and his wife  Lusanda, in the Cathedral.

See more photos in our Gallery.

Dean Andrew and Claire celebrate 25 years of marriage

To celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversay, Dean Andrew Hunter and his wife Revd Dr Claire Nye Hunter invited the parish and friends to tea and champagne in the Deanery Garden after the 9.30 service on Sunday 7 May. The sun shone and everyone had a sparkling good time. Warm congratulations and every good wish to this very special couple! See more photos in our Gallery.

Ad Clerum (letter to the clergy and people) from Ebenezer Ntlali, Bishop of Grahamstown

To download and read the latest letter from Bishop Ebenezer (January-April 2017) click here.

Farewell to Andrew-John Bethke

The Cathedral bids a fond farewell to  Dr Andrew-John Bethke,  who has been our Director of Music since 2012, and whose last service at the Cathedral took place on Easter Day. For descriptions of the functions held in his honour, see People and Places, April and May 2017, and photos in our Gallery.

Dean Andrew Hunter wrote of AJ: “Farewells are seldom easy. But they do give us the opportunity to express our appreciation and to say thank you!” Read more …

Dr Andrew-John Bethke has written to thank the Cathedral family for their gifts and good wishes. “I wanted to write and thank you all for your generous financial gift and for all the special cards and letters.” Read more …

Appointment of Director of Music announced

It has been announced that Mr Cameron Luke has been appointed to be the next Director of Music at Grahamstown Cathedral, to succeed Dr Andrew-John Bethke who left at Easter this year. Read more…


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