May 13 - 14, 2002
Desmond Tutu earned his teaching diploma and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Africa, and spent four years teaching at Johannesburg Bantu High School and Munsieville High School in Krugersorp where he met and married his wife, Leah. In 1958 Tutu entered the ministry in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa and become an ordained at St. Peter's Theological College, Rosettenville.
Returning to South Africa in 1967, Tutu became chaplain at the University of Fort Hare and moved to the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland in 1970. Tutu returned to England to serve as Associate Director of the Theological Education Fund of the World Council of Churches, based in Kent.
In 1975 Tutu was appointed Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg and his election to Bishop of Lesotho soon followed. Tutu took the post of General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). He held this position from 1978-1985, and became a national and international figure. Bishop Tutu pursued these goals with vigor and commitment. In 1984 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. In December 1995, President Mandela appointed Archbishop Tutu to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On October 29, 1998, the commission submitted its first official report to President Mandela.
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