Dino Gabriel

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Dino Gabriel
Bishop of Natal
Church Anglican
Province Southern Africa
Diocese Natal
In office2015-2019
Predecessor Rubin Philip
by  Njongonkulu Ndungane
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Previous post bishop of Zululand

Dino Gabriel is an Italian-born Anglican bishop of Natal [lower-alpha 1] in South Africa. He has a Swazi wife and they have four children. He is a fluent speaker of Zulu.

A bishop is an ordained, consecrated, or appointed member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight.

KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal is a province of South Africa that was created in 1994 when the Zulu bantustan of KwaZulu and Natal Province were merged. It is located in the southeast of the country, enjoying a long shoreline beside the Indian Ocean and sharing borders with three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Eswatini and Lesotho. Its capital is Pietermaritzburg and its largest city is Durban. It is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa, with slightly fewer residents than Gauteng.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

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A former Roman Catholic priest, he came to South Africa as a missionary in 1987. [2] He converted and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1992 in the Diocese of Highveld. He was the dean of the Zululand from 1999 to 2005, and was the bishop of Zululand from 2005 to 2015. He was translated to Natal on 22 November 2015 subsequent to his election on 16 July 2015. [3] [4]

Priest person authorized to lead the sacred rituals of a religion (for a minister use Q1423891)

A priest or priestess is a religious leader authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and one or more deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities. Their office or position is the priesthood, a term which also may apply to such persons collectively.

The Diocese of Zululand is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa which covers the part of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal that lies to the northeast of the Buffalo and Tugela Rivers. It is divided in ten archdeaconries.

Translation is the transfer of a bishop from one episcopal see to another. The word is from the Latin trānslātiō, meaning "carry across".

In September 2019, after a tense and acrimonious meeting with the clergy of his diocese Gabriel tendered his resignation as bishop with immediate effect. [5]

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  1. According to Ancestry.com, "Gabriel" as "Gabriel" is not used in Italy, despite that cognates may be. [1]
  1. "Gabriel" surname
  2. Pieterse, Chelsea (22 July 2015). "Anglican bishop is a Zulu fluent Italian". The Witness. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  3. "Anglican head named". Daily News. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  4. Pieterse, Chelsea (25 November 2015). "New bishop Gabriel wants to listen and know his flock". The Witness. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  5. Naidoo, Mervyn (29 September 2019). "Durban Bishop 'pushed' to retire amid bitter church spat". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Anthony Mdletshe
Bishop of Zululand
Succeeded by
Monument Makhanya
Preceded by
Rubin Phillip
Bishop of Natal