Natalie Simons

Priest

At age 29 Natalie is the youngest female priest in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, which is spread over six Southern African countries. She serves in the St Andrews Anglican church in Newlands, Cape Town.

Natalie has a master’s degree in theology from Stellenbosch, where she specialised in pastoral care and counselling. Her particular passion is for inter-faith dialogue and, as well as participating in an inter-faith group with Jews and Muslims, she coordinates a programme responsible for sending 12 young South Africans on a two-week interfaith camp in New York once a year.

In Cape Town she helps run meetings of up to 50 senior school children at a time, the purpose of which is to help thern “learn to live together with difference”. She also helps to run Hope Africa, the developmental arm of the Cape Town diocese that exists to alleviate poverty, to educate and train and to help create selfsustaining communities.

Lunch Spot: Chaiyo,Cape Town