Anglican Diocese of Pretoria

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Diocese of Pretoria
Ecclesiastical province Southern Africa
Parishes 61
Rite Anglican
Cathedral Cathedral Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Pretoria
Current leadership
Bishop Allen Kannemeyer[1]

The Diocese of Pretoria is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. It is divided into seven archdeaconries and has 61 parishes.


The diocese originally covered the whole of the South African Republic, which later became the Transvaal province of South Africa. In 1922 the Diocese of Johannesburg, covering the Southern Transvaal, was formed. In the 1980s and 1990s several new dioceses were formed.

The northernmost part of the diocese covered what is today the Limpopo Province. Suffragan Bishops were often based at Christ Church, Polokwane (then, Pietersburg) to oversee the mission work of the church. In 1957 Bishop Robert Selby Taylor decided to make Pietersburg the centre of the Archdeaconry of the North. In the 1980s a suffragan bishop, John Ruston, was sent to oversee the region. Under his leadership a new diocese was formed. The Anglican Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist was inaugurated in 1987.

List of the Bishops of Pretoria

Coat of arms

The diocese assumed arms around the time of its inception : Per fess Gules and Azure, a fess Argent between in chief a lion passant Or supporting a staff proper flying therefrom the banner of St George, and in base an anchor erect Or.

By 1889, the diocese had added a green border to the arms, possibly to reflect the colours of the South African Republic's national flag. It removed the border after the republic had become a British colony again in 1902, and changed the upper half of the shield to blue. In this form, the arms were granted by the College of Arms in 1954, and registered at the Bureau of Heraldry in 1964.[2]


  1. consecrated 14 May 2015[citation needed]
  1. MAKHUBU, NTANDO (6 February 2016). "New bishop for Anglican diocese". Pretoria News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Brownell, F. G. (2002). Heraldry in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, 1847-2000: Coats of Arms of the Dioceses, Collegiate and Parish Churches, and the Order of Ethiopia. Heraldsholme CC. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-620-28606-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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