2004• Woman of Distinction
1999, Mpho entered Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
stretching the 3 year program to
4 years to accommodate a year that she and her husband spent working
in South Africa. She graduated in May 2003 and was ordained to the priesthood
in January, 2004.
her seminary enrollment Ms. Tutu held the position of Director of the
Discovery Program, a children’s ministry of All Saint’s
Church in Worcester.
For five years she was Director of The Bishop Desmond Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund, an organization which provided college education to refugees from South Africa and Namibia. Prior to that she worked for the Get Ahead Foundation; she helped to raise money to build schools in rural South African Communities.
Ms. Tutu has preached and spoken at churches, schools, and colleges, and for civic organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the NEA, and Oxfam. She is a member of the Mother’s Union – a Christian organisation which promotes the well-being of families worldwide.
Asked what kind of work interests her most, Tutu said she is "drawn to ministry with women, helping women nurture their spirituality, their prayer life and a real relationship with God."
Ms. Tutu is married to Joseph Burris; they have one daughter, Nyaniso.