People and Places
During May the Cathedral welcomed the Ven Eduardo Bukutu from Niassa Diocese in Mozambique. He was waiting to take up an appointment at home in Lichinga as the next Dean, and came to learn from Dean Andrew something of what the job involves. He preached on Ascension Day, and Trinity Sunday. We pray for God’s blessing on him in his new post.
A new team of College of the Transfiguration students joined us at the Cathedral for ministry experience. Welcome to Balungile Ngubo, Enrico Heuwel, Jonathan Bukutu (son of Dean-elect Eduardo), Koena Mphoshi, Luvuyo Mvaphantsi, Mlamuli Masondo, Tebogo Monyai, Tercia Meyer and Zipho Mbambo.
Four more Lay Ministers were licensed recently: Siyabulela Fobosi, (left), and left to right Sylvester Appollis, Tendai Goto, and Ayanda Mpofu. We give thanks for their gift of ministry, and pray for them in this new area of service.
Congratulations to Richard Antrobus, son of Margie and Geoff, on receiving nominations for the Naledi Awards for his production ‘Cloud Catcher’.
Duma Myemane is rejoicing that her daughter Nobulani gave birth to a baby girl. Although Nobulani lives in Cape Town, she came to Grahamstown to give birth in Settlers’ Hospital.
Isabel Bridger died on 26 May, and her funeral took place in the Cathedral on 2 June. We pray for the family: her husband Ernest, and their children with their spouses: Rodney and Mandy; Donovan and Dean; Michelle and Ronaldo (Cathedral), Mark and Belinda (St Clement’s) Celeste in KZN, and all the grandchildren. We also pray for Nzulu Nzwana, one of our boy choristers, son of Canon Lawrence Nzwana, on the death of his grandmother.
The Cathedral Student Ministry has been busy. In response to a challenge to “fast that others may be fed” (go without one meal a week) they raised R340, which they gave to Kay Marx for the Grahamstown Feeding Scheme. And they organised an afternoon of fun and games on 12 May in St George’s Hall, for children of the Cathedral family, which was greatly enjoyed. For more photos, see our Gallery. The Student Service on 27 May had a theme of anointing and prayer for the exams. The next Student Service will be on 22 July. In the meantime we pray for all those writing exams at schools, colleges and at Rhodes.
On Friday 1 June there was fun for all the family at a Song and Dance evening held in St George’s Hall. Many thanks to the organisers, June Venn and Rose Spannenberg and the MC Theo Duxbury. For more photos, see our Gallery.
On 3 May a concert in the Nuns’ Chapel on Rhodes Campus featured students who are being trained as solo singers. Among these beautiful voices were Anelisa Kelemi of the Student Ministry team, our Acting Director of Music Kutlwano Kepadisa, and Asakhe Cuntsulana, who is usually too busy playing an instrument in the Cathedral (marimba, drum or flute) for us to hear how well he sings.
Further afield, on 3 June Chris Mann and his wife Julia Skeen provided half the programme at a sold-out afternoon of poetry and music in the historic Richmond House Museum in Port Alfred. Chris, thankfully much better now after his knee replacement, entertained the appreciative audience with his original song-poems under the title ‘Sweet is the fruit of the Prickly Pear’, while Julia’s graphics were projected on the wall above his head. Also thankfully much better is Peter Breetzke, who recently underwent cataract surgery, but was back at the organ at the 7:30 Eucharists after only one Sunday off.
The wedding of Prince Harry of Britain and Meghan Markle on 19 May had many of us clustered round TV sets, despite being so far from Windsor, England. It was a thrill to hear the choir of Windsor College Chapel sing two anthems which are also in the repertoire of our Cathedral choir. Indeed the very next day we heard them sing one of them at our Sung Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday, ‘If ye love me’ by Thomas Tallis.
As this month of June draws to a close we look forward to welcoming the colour, excitement and multiple talents that are on offer here in Grahamstown at the National Festival of the Arts. The Spiritfest programme is particularly rich in music this year, as well as lectures, book launches, exhibitions and of course wonderful worship. Check out the programme on the Spiritfest web page, or in the Festival brochure.