30 November 2022 Dear Diocesan Family

Confirmations – Thank you

Bishop Steve would like to thank the clergy and lay people in our parishes for all the preparations they did for the Confirmation Services. Thank you to the young people who have offered and committed themselves to serving God. He looks forward to building the Kingdom of God with you. 


  • Bishop Steve has appointed the Deputy Chancellor, Adv Itumeleng Phalane to the office of Chancellor of the Diocese with immediate effect and Adv Bongani Manentsa to that of Deputy Chancellor.

We congratulate them on their new roles and look forward to the benefit of their presence and wisdom among us.

  • We congratulate Revd Sibonelo Mkhabela who is getting married this coming weekend to Miss Palesa Matomela.  Revd Johannes and Mrs Maphefo Makinta will also be celebrating their union on the 10th December 2022. 

May God bless these two couples with a beautiful life and an endless love story.

  • Congratulations to Revd Dr Karen Uitzinger and Revd Dr Dorcas Mabitsela who have both achieved their doctoral degrees in theology.
  • Happy 40th Anniversary (Birthday) of the Anglicare ministry in the Diocese. Their theme was: ’40 years of listening.’ Bishop Timothy Bavin planted the seed of this ministry. The ministry is growing very well and is touching the lives of many people in our Diocese, especially, post Covid. 

Moves and Placements 

We give thanks to the following clergy for their ministry in the Diocese of Johannesburg over the years. 

  • Ven Oupaki Moruthane has been appointed as the rector of St Monnica’s, Halfway Gardens with effect from 1st February next year.

Please pray for him and the parish of Meadowlands, as well as St Monnica’s, as they adapt to this change. 

  • We say goodbye and well wishes to Revd Colette Saldanha who will be celebrating her last Eucharist on the 4th December at St. Mary on the Limpopo. Revd Colette and the boys will join Revd Wayne Saldanha in the Diocese of Mpumalanga.
  • Revd Sarah van der Watt, Rector at St Andrew’s, Randburg, has accepted a new ministry opportunity in the Diocese of Oxford, UK. This is effective from the 1st February 2023. We give thanks to God for ministry shared with Revd Sarah. We wish her and her family well as they prepare to relocate. 


A reminder that our Ordination Service to the Priesthood this year will be on the 10th December 2022 at the Cathedral of St Mary’s the Virgin, Johannesburg. Let us continue to hold the following candidates in prayer as the day draws near:

  • Revd. Vern Bosman – St Gabriel’s Florida
  • Revd. Jo-anne Tatalias – St George’s – Parktown
  • Revd. Rob Macaulay – St Mark – Northriding and St Peter’s School
  • Revd. James Martin – St Francis of Assisi – Parkview
  • Revd. Linda Hlatshwayo – St Francis of Assisi – Moroka
  • Revd. Gift Ngwenya – St Michael and All Angels – Weltevreden Park
  • Revd. Themba Msipha – St Andrews’s Pimville

We also rejoice with and continue to pray for the following clergy and lay members who will be decorated and presented at our ordination service on 10th December:

  • Adv Canon Raynold Bracks – Order of Simon of Cyrene
  • Revd Mlungisi Ntsele     Honorary Canon ❖ Revd Diana Thorburn    Honorary Canon
  • Revd Margaret Eades     Honorary Canon
  • Revd Stewart Basson      Honorary Canon
  • Ms Funeka Ndungane    Honorary Lay Canon
  • Mr Sibusiso Zungu         Honorary Lay Canon
  • Mr Ian Thorburn            Bishop’s Medal

The four clergy persons are all leaving their current parishes at the end of the year and we are grateful for their ministry over the years they have faithfully served their parishes and the Diocese. May their retirement bring them blessing and joy.

Clergy Day Reminder

The next and last clergy day for 2022 is next week Tuesday 05 December 2022 at 09h00. It will be held here at St Joseph’s Diocesan Centre.

Thanksgiving chill Session – 16 December 2022

A reminder to the young people to book your place for the 16th by registering on the link below. Registration closes on the 12th of December 2022 https://forms.gle/t1bTHfUoX2CnDfyF7

Publishing Book Store

A reminder that the Publishing Office is now offering Incense, Charcoal and Wafers as well as their usual publications. For orders, please contact Revd Canon Cynthia Botha or Angelo atorders@anglicanchurchsa.org.za or on 010 880 4396/8 Sending love and light in this Advent Season Administration Office