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Vol 24 No 2


The official gazette of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth:
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa


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 •  Through Lent
 •  An Oprah Winfrey girl
 •  Justin Welby confirmed as Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral

Through Lent

... and on to Easter we pray for Christian unity

God our Father, in Christ you make all things new:
pour out your Spirit on us today,
that we who are Christ’s body may hear the good news of your ancient promises to all who seek you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for Christian Unity

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An Oprah Winfrey girl

As reported in ‘The view from pulpit and pew’ in last month’s iindaba, a talented young member of the St Simon of Cyrene congregation in Uitenhage, Vuyokazi Hlwatika (15), has received an award to study at the prestigious Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls.

The news had arrived too late for her to be featured then but iindaba feels this ‘bright young light of the Lord’ deserves to be seen by the diocese. After the death of her father, Vuyo, as she is known, grew up under the guidance of her mother, Thembisa, a former teacher, and makhulu (grandmother) with lots of input from members of the congregation such as Veronica Jacobs and Susan Fredericks.

She is presently in grade 9 at Riebeek College for Girls and is a member of the Learners’ Representative Council. Having begun her schooling at Uitenhage Primary, she moved to Convent Primary School where she was head girl. She is a hard worker and respected for her leadership qualities. She will need all of these if she is to become a Forensic Scientist specialising in blood splatter pattern analysis.

Not only a hard worker at school Vuyo is also community-minded. She responded to the challenge of the ‘Mandela 67 minutes’ of helping the needy by offering her time at the Orsmond TB Hospital in Gamble, Uitenhage. There she entertained and fed children. Her letter of appreciation from them helped boost her application portfolio to the Academy.

Vuyo said of the news, “I am looking forward to being an OWLAG as I’m sure that many opportunities will be available for me. I am very thankful to God for giving us a good-hearted Oprah Winfrey who is the founder and benefactor of the Academy. I promise to uphold the core values of the Academy - respect, honour, service and compassion to the best of my ability.”

Vuyo is the youngest daughter of Thembisa and the late Madoda Hlwatika, a former rector of St Simon of Cyrene. Her two older sisters are Nozuko (20) and Nolubabalo (19).

After writing three tests and being interviewed only the best are chosen. The diocese is proud that one of our own has been chosen.

Pic: Vuyo Hlwatika of St Simon of Cyrene in Uitenhage who has been chosen to attend the Oprah Winfrey Learning Academy for Girls.

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Justin Welby confirmed as Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral
[ Church of England web page 4 February ]

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, has officially become the Archbishop of Canterbury at a ceremony, known as the ‘Confirmation of Election’, which took place in the context of an act of worship in St Paul’s Cathedral today.

The ceremony forms part of the legal process by which the appointment of the new Archbishop of Canterbury is put into effect. It was presided over by the Archbishop of York with the assistance of the Bishops of London, Winchester, Salisbury, Worcester, Rochester, Lincoln, Leicester and Norwich. All were commissioned for this purpose by Her Majesty The Queen – who is the ‘Supreme Governor’ of the Church of England.

Bishop Justin’s name was put forward to The Queen some months ago by the Church’s ‘Crown Nominations Commission’ in accordance with constitutional arrangements that have been in place for many years. The appointment is formalised by legal steps taken in accordance with the Appointment of Bishops Act 1533. First, his election was undertaken in January by the Dean and Canons of Canterbury Cathedral. Next, their election of him has to be confirmed by the wider Church, which is what happened today.

The appointment is significant not only for the diocese of Canterbury (where he will be the diocesan bishop, though much of the day-to-day oversight of the diocese is carried out on his behalf by the Bishop of Dover), but also for the wider ‘Province’ of Canterbury – the 29 dioceses in the South of England, and the Diocese of Europe, which all fall under his general oversight.

In addition, it is to the bishop of the See of Canterbury, with which Anglicans have historically been in communion, that Anglicans worldwide give a primacy of honour and respect among the college of bishops in the Anglican Communion - as ‘first among equals’ (primus inter pares). In that role, as a focus and means of unity within the Communion, the Archbishop convenes and works with the Lambeth Conference and Primates’ Meeting, and presides in the Anglican Consultative Council.

Since at least the fourth century it has been a fundamental principle in the Christian Church that the election of a new bishop must be confirmed by the wider Church, especially by the bishops of the region. The legal significance of the act of confirmation cannot be overstated: it confers upon the new Archbishop ‘the care, government and administration of the spirituals’ of the archbishopric. It is the confirmation of his election which makes the Archbishop-elect into the Bishop of the diocese of Canterbury and Archbishop of the Province.

Ed’s note:
In ACSA the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba is also ‘first among equals’ (primus inter pares) in our Province. This means he has no juridiction in any other diocese than CT, but chairs the Synod of Bishops and speaks for the Province.

Pic: The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby pronounces the blessing.

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