We travelled to Bredasdorp’s Church of the Holy Spirit,
very close to Cape Aguilas, the geographic tip and the southernmost
point of Africa, on Monday, the Feast Day of St Augustine of Hippo.
Bishop Margaret recalled that she had undertaken her first Episcopal
Funeral here of a young woman who had been kidnapped and tortured and
She said, “We have been through a variety of seasons
together, yet remained resilient and united, despite being challenged in
some major areas.
"Covid was a particularly harsh season that
tested our spiritual, physical and mental faculties. Then there were
droughts, fires, floods, loadshedding, xenophobic attacks, human
trafficking, escalating poverty, crime and violence. By God’s grace we
have many joys and highlights to celebrate as well. Wrapped in the love
of God we continue to show compassion and encircle others in care.”
final Farewell Eucharist service included the ordination of the Revd
Craig Koopman, prevented by a devastating stroke from being Priested
with his Deacon Cohort in August but now sufficiently recovered. Bishop
Margaret (on behalf of Archbishop Thabo) also licensed the Dean as the
Vicar General, responsible for caring for and administering the matters
of False Bay Diocese until the appointment of its third Bishop. It was a
deeply poignant and very powerful experience to witness Bishop Margaret
lay down her bishop’s staff on the altar. Now False Bay Diocese starts
the process of electing Bishop Margaret’s successor.
of the week was spent in Mountain Bay Archdeaconry, especially
connecting with the Revd Richard Dunsden, the Rector at St Augustine’s,
and the York Diocese Link Officer within False Bay Diocese.