We have just had an Elective Assembly to choose a new Bishop. The possible candidates were as follows:
The Revd Dr Ananias Palolo RADEBE; The Rev Canon Dr Vincetia KGABE ; The Very Revd Luke PRETORIUS; The Revd Lazarus Majahe MOKOBAKE; The Revd Canon Shearsby MUPFUDZAPAKE; The Revd Dr David MANAMELA; The Revd Samuel Mpole MASEMOLA; The Revd Aaron CHITUTA
Thank you for praying for these candidates - they were all worthy of the position. There are no losers, but only one can be the Bishop. Through the democratic process of voting and by discerning the will of God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Elective Assembly has chosen The Very Rev Luke Pretorius - currently the Dean of the Cathedral
The Bishop-Elect: The Very Revd Luke Pretorius
Previous Ad Clerums
Please click to see latest special Ad Clerum on the Elective Process
Bishop Martin's Final Ad Clerum
Please click to see Bishop Martin's Ad Clerum for Epiphany 2019. It is based on his report to Diocesan Standing Committee of November 2018.
Bishop's (Final) Report to Diocesan Standing Committee
Please click on Bishop's Report to DSC (November 2018) to see what †Martin presented to Diocesan Standing Committee.
In this report †Martin reflected on Diocesan Synod and the action that needs to take place as a result of the decisions we made. He also gave more information about the process of electing a new Diocesan Bishop after his retirement. As can be seen in the "Final Final" version of the Diocesan Diary for 2019:
- The Diocesan farewell to Bishop Martin and Colleen will take place at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 16th March at 11:00. More details will follow,,,
- The election of the new Diocesan Bishop is scheduled for 9th-11th July 2019. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, with the help of the Electoral Advisory Committee, will preside over the process.
Anglicans Ablaze Sets the Church on Fire!
Please see this report from the Anglican Church News Service to read of the amazing Anglicans Ablaze Conference from 3rd tp 6th October 2018.
And click on Listening Group Report to read what God was saying to us during the conference.
Please go to the Anglicans Ablaze Website for photographs and plenty of other information.
Diocesan Diary for 2019
The final Diocesan Diary for 2019 has been published. It is different from most years because of †Martin's retirement at the end of February and the election of a new Diocesan Bishop later in the year (scheduled for 9th-11th July).
Please click on Diocesan Diary 2019 to get more information - including access to the Diocesan Google Calendar and pdf versions of the Diary and Diary Notes.
Please continue to pray for the process of †Martin's retirement and the election, consecration and installation of the new Bishop!
Diocesan Synod 2018
the 12th Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist took place from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th August 2018 at Christ Church, Polokwane. To find out more, and access documents (including the Acts and Resolutions), reports and many photographs, please click on "Diocesan Synod 2018".
The Diocese is organised into 5 departments, and the Parishes are grouped into 7 Archdeaconries
The Parishes tab at the top of this page will lead you to the Archdeaconries and the parishes that make up each Archdeaconry. Most of our parishes are made up of many chapelries and congregations, each of which has the same "status" - we do not have "mother churches" or "outstations".
The Departments are:
1) The Bishop's Ministry
3) Growing the Church
The Parishes are organised into 7 Archdeaconries:
7) South West
Click on the tabs and the top of the page to learn more