THE HISTORY OF THE DIOCESE OF NATAL

In 1853 the Diocese was established with John William Colenso the first bishop. On account of theological and political controversy growth was stifled and a schism arose which was settled only by the end of the century.

In spite of local and world wars and a rebellion, unity and growth marked the first half of the twentieth century. The second half however saw a severe and at times violent confrontation with the state over the injustice of apartheid. Yet the Diocese emerged intact and stronger. Growth has continued into the twenty-first century, even if there has been a certain complacency about what the mission of the Diocese is all about. [Read More]

Bishops and Dean of the Diocese of Natal

The Right Reverend Dino Gabriel

The Right Reverend Dino Gabriel

BISHOP OF NATAL

Dino Gabriel was born in Italy and came to South Africa as a missionary in 1987. He is married to Elizabeth and has four children. A former Roman Catholic priest, he was accepted into the Anglican church as a priest in 1992 in the Diocese of the Highveld. From 1999 to 2005, he served as Dean of the Diocese of Zululand, until he was consecrated Bishop of Zululand in 2005. He was translated to Natal on 22 November 2015 subsequent to his election on 16 July 2015.

The Right Revd Dr H C N Ndwandwe

The Right Revd Dr H C N Ndwandwe

REGIONAL BISHOP – CENTRAL-SOUTH COAST

Nkosinathi is the Bishop-Suffragan of the Diocese of Natal. He is married to Zanele and they have three children. He was ordained in the Diocese of Zululand in 1983 and was also the Archdeacon of Nongoma. He has worked in the Diocese of Natal as Associate Dean at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity and Archdeacon of UMsunduzi Region. In 2006 he was appointed Canon Missioner of the Diocese and later that year rector of St Augustine, Umlazi. It was at this parish that he was elected to become Bishop-Suffragan of Natal.

The Right Reverend: Tsietsi Seleoane

The Right Reverend: Tsietsi Seleoane

REGIONAL BISHOP – NORTH WEST

Bishop Tsietsi Seleoane is the Bishop Suffragan of Natal, having an oversight of the North West Episcopal Region. He was born in Herschel at Sterkspruit, in the North-Eastern Cape and is married to Rachel (Raila) and have two daughters. He worked as a catechist at Micahelhouse for 10 years and was ordained a deacon in 1996 and priested on 16th December 1997. He became the Rector of the Parish of Drakensberg, St. Michael’s and All Angels, and of both St James and St Phillip’s Dundee and later in later of Holy Trinity, Newcastle in 2009. He appointed an Archdeacon in Umkhomazi and Ingagane Archdeaconries respectively. He was elected and consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Natal in 2011.

The Very Revd Ndabezinhle Sibisi

The Very Revd Ndabezinhle Sibisi

DEAN OF THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY NATIVITY

Dean Ndabezinhle Sibisi was born at Polela in Bulwer in Kwa Zulu Natal. He is the son of an Anglican priest the late Archdeacon Timothy Sibisi. He is married to Thokozile (MaZwane) and they have two daughters namely Nobuntu and Hlasekazi. He was made deacon in 1979 and was later ordained priest in 1980. He was appointed Dean of the Diocese of Natal and his institution and installation was on the 18th January 2009. Dean Sibisi is currently the Archdeacon of the Cathedral Archdeaconry and a member of the Diocesan Board of Trustees. He is a Diocesan representative at the Midlands United Churches Trust.

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