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'''Daniel William Alexander''' was a Roman Catholic of African ancestry who became associated, during the nineteenth century, with the movement to establish a African Orthodox Church which led to the enlightenment of the Sub-Saharan Africans to Orthodox Christianity.
During the [[w:Second_Boer_War|Second Anglo-Boer War]], while living in Johannesburg, he was drafted by the British to serve as a cook and went to Natal, now part of the eastern part of the Republic of South Africa. Arrested as a British spy, he was imprisoned in Pretoria before being released after the British took the city. During this period his wife died. Through assisting an Anglican priest, Father Godfrey, with a funeral, he became an Anglican and began to study for [[ordination]]. While a catechist at St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church in Pretoria, he met and married his second wife, Elizabeth, on [[August 29]], 1902. In 1914, Alexander left Pretoria and the Anglican Church and joined the Ethiopian Catholic Church in Zion that liturgically was based on Anglican services.
About 1920, Alexander joined the African Church of J. Khanyane Napo, who had also been a member of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in Zion. While stationed in Kimberley, he became tired of being summoned to Johannesburg for meetings that consisted of quarrels among the Napo church leaders. So, in 1924, he left Napo's church to form the African Orthodox Church. After having read a sermon by [[George Alexander McGuire|George McGuire]] in the [[August 9]], 1924 issue of "Negro World", Alexander requested affiliation with McGuire's African Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. With his acceptance, Alexander was consecrated a [[bishop]] in Boston, Massachusetts by McGuire on [[September 11]], 1927.
After returning to Kimberly in South Africa, Alexander traveled throughout South Africa and established parishes wherever he found interest. His [[missionary]] activities also took him into countries outside of the Republic of South Africa, to Kenya, Uganda, and Rhodesia. Soon, [[Christopher Reuben Spartas|Reuben Spartas]] in Uganda contacted Alexander in his search for Orthodoxy. This led to Alexander traveling to Uganda in October 1931 and his ordaining Reuben Spartas and Obadiah Basajjikitalo as [[priest]]s in 1932.
When, in May 1935, Alexander wrote to Archbishop Isidore of the Greek Orthodox [[Archdiocese of Johannesburg and Pretoria|Archdiocese of Johannesburg]] asking for letters of introduction to Fr. [[Nikodemos Sarikas]] of Tanganyika and the [[Church of Jerusalem|Patriarch of Jerusalem]], Abp. Isidore replied that he should instead visit the [[Church of Alexandria|Patriarch of Alexandria]]. Alexander arrived in Kenya on [[November 18]], 1935, and founded a [[seminary]] at Gituamba with eight students. In June 1937, he ordained two of his students as priests and two as deacons and returned to South Africa. In 1941, the African Orthodox Church in South Africa received government recognition.
After the death of McGuire in late 1934, the relationship between the South African and the American churches continued to be amicable under a new patriarch in America
. In 1960, two bishops from the American branch of the AOC, including AOC Patriarch James I, were invited to South Africa by Alexander, now 78 years old, to consecrate two new bishops to provide for an established succession. Shortly after the consecration, James I requested Alexander's resignation, which he refused to do. While in dispute, James and his bishop Motsepe died. Although Alexander apparently reconciled with the new AOC patriarch, Peter IV, Alexander was [[deposition|deposed]] in 1963. Alexander with his supporters then formalized the [[autonomy]] that he believed McGuire had intended for the African church by naming his organization the African Orthodox Church of the Republic of South Africa and becoming its patriarch.
Alexander continued to lead the African Orthodox Church of the Republic of South Africa. However, he shared leadership of the church with his godson Daniel Kanyiles during the last few years before his death. In later years, Alexander changed the name of his branch of the AOC to the African Independent Orthodox Church. In May 1970, Alexander died at the age of 88. After his death, the AOC broke up into several factions mainly as a result of American interference.
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