Anglican Diocese of Harare

The Anglican Diocese of Harare is a diocese of the Church of the Province of Central Africa. The Anglican Diocese of Mashonaland was formed in 1891[1] and its first bishop was George Knight-Bruce.[2][3] He was succeeded by William Gaul (1895–1907), formerly Rector of St Cyprian's Church in Kimberley, Northern Cape. Small in stature, Gaul styled himself “the smallest bishop with the largest Diocese in Christendom.”[4] In 1915 the diocese became the Diocese of Southern Rhodesia [5] until 1952 when it reverted to the Diocese of Mashonaland. The diocese was known as the Diocese of Harare and Mashonaland, until changing his name to Diocese of Harare. It has experienced great turbulence in recent times.[6]

The current bishop of the Diocese of Harare is Chad Nicholas Gandiya. The bishop's seat is at the Cathedral of St Mary and All Saints, Harare.


  1. The Times, Wednesday, Nov 04, 1891; pg. 4; Issue 33473; col E The SPCK has given £1,000 to aid a new Rhodesian diocese
  2. Details of the life of Bishop Knight-Bruce Archived July 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Knight-Bruce, George Wyndham (1892). Journals of the Mashonaland Mission 1888 to 1892. Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.
  4. Williams, Alpheus F. (1948) Some dreams come true; p. 388
  5. Welch, Pamela J. (2005) ‘Church and Settler: a Study in the History of the Anglican Diocese of Mashonaland/Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1925’, London: University of London ISBN 978-1-84192-379-6
  6. Recent turmoil
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