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Luke Pretorius

Rev. Luke Pretorius

'08, MA Organizational Leadership
Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of St. Mark the Evangelist
Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Luke Pretorius, a 2008 MA Organizational Leadership graduate of the South Africa Cohort, has been appointed the first Dean of the new Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of St. Mark the Evangelist in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The Southern African Anglican Church includes South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and the Islands of the Southern Atlantic Ocean: St. Helena and Ascension. The Diocese of St. Mark the Evangelist is situated in the northernmost corner of South Africa and borders with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The northern half of the Kruger National Park also falls into this Diocese. The Diocese extends to the outer reaches of Pretoria. The website is www.stmark.org.

The existing church of Christ Church, Polokwane (formerly Pieterburg) will on June 18 be made the Cathedral, and Luke Pretorius will be inaugurated as its first Dean. An Anglican Cathedral exists as the primary church within a Diocese and is expected to lead by example and provide training and encouragement to the other churches of that Diocese. This implies that a Cathedral is a working church that takes a lead in all matters of spiritual and socio-political significance in the Diocese. As such it functions as the "seat of the Bishop" -- the "cathedra" -- and becomes a place of teaching and training for the Diocesan Bishop.

The Dean is the next in command in the Diocese and plays an important role in leading the ministry of the Cathedral to the host City and wider community, and in supporting the ministry and role of the Diocesan Bishop.

Luke moves from his present parish, situated in Tzaneen and covering some 20,000 square kilometers of territory, to Polokwane in May in order to make the final preparations for the start of this new chapter in the life of the Diocese.

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