Bloemfontein

ARCHDIOCESE OF BLOEMFONTEIN

Suffragan Sees: Kimberly, Kroonstad, Keimoes-Upington, Bethlehem

PATRON: The Sacred Heart of Jesus
 
Bloemfontein
 

RIGHT REVEREND ARCHBISHOP JABULANI ADATUS NXUMALO OMI
Ordained Bishop 25th August 2002

Address
Archbishop’s House
7A White’s Road
Box 362
Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 448 1658
Fax: (051) 447 2420
Email: bfnarch@mweb.co.za

 

HISTORY

Originally the area of the Free State was part of the Vicariate of Natal, which was established by the Holy See on the October 1850, extending from the Kei river in the South and Quillemane in the North and confided to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Bishop JE Allard OMI was appointed the first Vicar Apostolic. Consecrated in Marseilles, France, on 13 July 1851.The Zambesi Mission to the North of the Limpopo was confided to the Society of Jesus in 1879.
Then in 1886 the remaining territory under Bishop Jolivet OMI, was subdivided into the Prefecture of the Transvaal and the vicariate of the Free State, comprising the Free State, Basutoland and the Diamond Fields; on the north and on the west, the Vaal River; and on the east Drakensberg Mountains. The new Vicar Apostolic, Bishop Anthony Gaughren OMI, (consecrated in Tower Hill, London on the 10 August 1886) would reside at Bloemfontein. Bishop Q Devereux of Grahamstown had sent Father R Hoenderwangers, O Praem. To visit Bloemfontein in 1850 and he took up residence there in 1852, remaining as the pioneer priest of the Free State until his return to Belgium in 1869, when his place was taken by Father Le Bihan Omi, and later by Father V Bompart OMI.When Bishop Gaughren arrived in November 1886 the train terminus from Cape Town was Kimberley and so he took up residence there, traveling regularly by post cart to Bloemfontein and on to Basutoland. Kimberley remained the Episcopal residence for his successors, Bishop Matthew Gaughren OMI (1902-1924) and Bishop HJ Meysing OMI (1924-1951). During the interregnum (1914-1924) Bishop C Cox OMI, of the Transvaal was Administrator Apostolic.On 11 January 1951, by Papal Bull, Pope Pius XII established the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in the Union of South Africa, and set up the Ecclesiastical province of Bloemfontein.The Archdiocese includes the civil districts: Bloemfontein, Boshof, Botshabelo, brandfort, Bultfontein, Dealesville, Dewetsdorp, Edenburg, Excelsior, Fauresmith, hertzogville, Hobhouse, Jacobsdal, Koffifontein, Luckhoff, Marseilles, Petrusburg, Phillipolis, Redderburg, Smithfield, Thaba Nchu, Trompsburg, Tweespruit, Verkeerdevlei, Wepener, Zastron, and portion of Ladybrand, Hoopstad and Winburg.

Area: 64 393 sq. km.            Total Pop. 1 100 000                  Cath. Pop: 96 531

 

PREDECESSORS

With the establishment of the Hierarchy in 1951, Bishop HJ Meysing was appointed Archbishop and the Metropolitan of Bloemfontein.

Most Rev. Archbishop Herman Joseph Meysing, OMI resigned the Metropolitan See of Bloemfontein and was named Titular Archbishop of Derco, 25 June 1954. Died 21 October 1963.

Most Rev. Archbishop William Patrick Whelan OMI. Consecrated Bishop 27 May 1948; appointed archbishop and Metropolitan of Bloemfontein in 18 July 1954. Died 10 February 1966

Most Rev. Archbishop Joseph Patrick Fitzgerald, OMI. Consecrated of Bloemfontein 18 October 1966. Transferred to the See of Johannesburg 24 January 1976. Died 16 February 1986

Most Rev Archbishop PFJ Buthelezi OMI was ordained Bishop of the Titular See of Elephatari in Proconsulari, 22 October 1972 in Johannesburg and was appointed Auxiliary to Bishop H Boyle. On the 10 July 1975 he was transferred to the See of Umtata; and on the 27 April 1978 was transferred to the Metropolitan See of Bloemfontein. Died on 10 June 1997

Most Reverend Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale Appointed Archbishop of Bloemfontein on the 13 January 1999 and ordained on the 10th April 1999 in Bloemfontein. Appointed Archbishop of Johannesburg on the 8th April 2003

 

ADMINISTRATION

Vicar General / Chancellor
Vacant

Financial Administrator
Rev. Fr. Maloisane Emmanuel Rakaki
PO Box 362, Bloemfontein 9300.
Tel: (051) 448 1658, Fax: (051) 447 2420
E-mail: bfnarch@mweb.co.za

Judicial Vicar
Rev. Fr. Marius Bessemans OMI
PO Box 40, Kimberley 8300
Tel: (053) 831 1861 / 2.

College of Consultors

Fr Francis Phalo
Fr Thomas Swords OMI
Fr Leo Roche OMI
Fr Michael Bracken OMI
Fr Putlele Kgaile
Fr Thabo Lesenyeho

Catechetics
Fr. Tumi Mathoka & Fr Pat Towe OMI
PO Box 362, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 532 0160(h), (051) 436 2284, Fax: (051) 436 6047
E-mail: patsytowe@mweb.co.za

Health
Sr Alicia Hogan H.C
PO Box 5168, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: 078 1884 735

Liturgy
Fr Felix Lekhema
PO Box 21437, Heidedal 9306
Tel: (051) 432 4551. Fax: (051) 432 4551

Vocations
Fr Putlele Kgaile
PO Box 7231, Blolemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 434 3014 / 434 1953

Youth & Development
Fr Molikeng Lebofa
PO Box 70, Tweespruit 9770
Tel: (051) 963 0015, Fax: (051) 963 0015

Bishop’s Lenten Appeal
Fr Michael Sekoati OMI
Sacred Heart Cathedral
PO Box 3812, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 447 2827, Fax: (051) 447 8167
E-mail: catholicr@shisas.com

Pontifical Mission Society
Fr Michael Sekoati OMI
Sacred Heart Cathedral
PO Box 3812, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 447 2827, Fax: (051) 447 8167
E-mail: catholicr@shisas.com

 

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATIONS

Association of Catholic Tertiary Students (ACTS)
Fr Patrick Towe OMI
Oblate House, PO Box 29583, Danhof 9310
Tel: (051) 436 2284, Fax: (051) 436 6047

Catholic Women’s League
Shirley Havenga
Cell: (083) 304 8276

Knights of Da Gama

Abel Feldman
Cell: (082) 879 4114

Marriage Encounter

Fr T. Swords OMI
PO Box 6801, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 532 0200

St Augustine Society
Mrs Lulama Mekwa
PO Box 151, Thaba Nchu 9780
Tel: (051) 873 2613

St Anne’s Sodality
Mrs Elizabeth Bokako
3135 Selosesha, Thabo-Nchu 9783

St Vincent de Paul Society
Mrs Sybil Koning
PO Box 34988, Faunasig 9325
Tel: (051) 421 2136

CHAPLAINCIES

Correctional Services
– Bloemfontein
Fr Mosai Motsiri
P.O. Box 16142, Mangaung 9307
Tel: (051) 432 1101, Cell: 076 5437 214
E-mail: motsirimosai@hotmail.com

– Zastron
Fr Lebohang Malemoha
PO Box 129, Zastron 9950
Tel: (051) 673 1143

Hospitals
– National, Universitas, Mediclinic, Rosepark, Oranje, Hospital Park Hospitals
Cathedral Parish
PO Box 3812, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 447 2827, Fax: (051) 447 8167
E-mail: catholicr@mweb.co.za

– Pelonomi Hospital
Mangaung Parishes

Military Chaplain
Vacant

University Chaplain
– Fr Patrick Towe OMI
Oblate House, PO Box 29583, Danhof 9310
Tel: (051) 436 2284, Fax: (051) 435 6047
– Fr. Michael Itumeleng Thoabala
P.O. Box 362, Bloemfontein 9300

Youth Chaplains
– Fr. Molikeng Lebofa
Mariasdal High School, PO Box 70, Tweespruit 9770
Tel: (051) 963 0015
– Fr Patrick Towe OMI
Oblate House, PO Box 29583, Danhof 9310
Tel: (051) 436 2284, Fax (051) 436 6047

South African Police Services
Fr Thabang Molefi
Oblate House, PO Box 29583, Danhof 9310
Cell: 071 436 0976

 

CATHOLIC CRECHES AND CHILDREN CENTRES

Assisi Primary Health Care Clinic
Franciscan Sisters of Siessen
Provincial House, PO Box 1106, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 0096 or (051) 924 2328, Fax: (051) 924 2278

Boroa Crèche
PO Box 84, Tweespruit 9770

Cathedral Repository (SVDP)
1 Green St., Bloemfontein 9301
c/o Mrs Sybil Koning
Tel: (051) 447 2827

CBC Creche / Pre-School
106 Waverly Rd. Bayswater, Bloemfontein 9301
Tel: (051) 436 6550, Fax: (051) 436 6827

Khutsoane Crèche / Pre-School
PO Box 873, Thaba Nchu 9780

La Verna Crèche
PO Box 5513, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 532 1625

Regina Pacis Retreat Centre
PO Box 1106, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 0096, Fax: (051) 924 2278

St Joseph’s Children’s Centre
95 Exton Rd, Bloemfontein 9301
Tel: (051) 433 3211

St. Mary’s Creche
PO Box 16031, Batho 9307. Tel: (051) 432 2351,
Fax: (051) 432 2432

St Charles Crèche
PO Box 6801, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 532 0200

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Assisi Primary
PO Box 1118, Ladybrand 9745
c/o Tel: (051) 924 0096, Fax: (051) 924 2278

Christian Brothers College
St Joseph’s CBC, 106 Waverley Road, Bayswater, 9301 Bloemfontein
Tel: (051) 436 6550, Fax: (051) 436 6827
E-mail: stjoe@mweb.co.za

Mariasdal High School
PO Box 70, Tweespruit 9770
Tel & Fax: (051) 963 0015

Shannon Independent School
PO Box 19172, Bloemspruit 9364
Tel: (051) 528 1813

St Bernard’s High School
PO Box 16031, Batho, Bloemfontein 9307
Tel & Fax: (051) 432 2432
E-mail: stmaryps@mweb.co.za

St Laurence Primary School
PO Box 21, Jagersfontein 9974
Tel: (051) 724 0561

St Mary’s Primary School
PO Box 16031, Batho, Bloemfontein 9307
Tel: (051) 432 2907, Fax: (051) 432 2907
E-mail: stmaryps@mweb.co.za

St Patrick’s Independent School
PO Box 19242, Bloemspruit 9364
Tel: (051) 528 2978

 

ADULT EDUCATION

Batho Ba Lerato-Botshelo Centre
PO Box 3090, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel. & Fax : 051 873 3691
E-mail:  mwbatjha@mweb.co.za

 

HEALTH CENTRES

Assisi Primary Health Care
PO Box 1106, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 2328

Holy Family Health Centre
PO Box 5082, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 535 2301

Lesedi Centre of Hope
Franciscan Sisters
PO Box 1729, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 423 2432, Fax: (051) 423 2426
E-mail: bophelo-rcc@mweb.co.za

Siyathokoza
Holy Cross Sisters
PO Box 5168, Botshabelo 9781
E-mail: holycross-fs@mweb.co.za


RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRES

Claerhout House
P. O. Box 29583, Danhof 9310, Bloemfontein
Tel: 083 514 2276, Fax 086 684 6105
Email: bloemomi@mweb.co.za

Fatima Centre

PO Box 181, Tweespruit 9770
Tel: (051) 963 0242

Regina Pacis Retreat Centre
PO Box 1106, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 0096, Cell: 078 198 8564, Fax: (051) 924 2278

 

St Mary’s Conference Centre
PO Box 16031, Batho 9307
Tel & Fax: (051) 432 2432

LAY INSTITUTES

Charles de Foucauld Fraternity
PO Box 27973, Danhof, Bloemfontein 9310
Tel: (051) 436 6057
E-mail: rothmundg@majuba.ofs.gov.za

 

RELIGIOUS HOUSES OF MEN

Christian Brothers
CB Community
PO Box 16031, Batho, Bloemfontein 9307
Tel & Fax: (051) 432 3754
E-mail: stmaryps@mweb.co.za

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
1.    Oblate Community Botshabelo
Box 5377, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 534 3170, Cell: 083 363 9965

2.    Oblate House Bloemfontein
PO Box 29583, Danhof 9310
Tel: (051) 436 2284, Fax: 086 684 6105. Cell: 083 514 2276
E-mail: bloemomi@mweb.co.za

3.    Oblate Community St Rose
P.O. Box 16142,  Batho 9307
Tel: (051) 432 1101
E-mail: motsirimosai@hotmail.com

4.    Oblate Community Assisi
PO Box 1106, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 1357, Fax: (051) 924 2278. Cell: 083 426 2140

5.    St Joseph (St Clare)
PO Box 68, Wepener 9944
Tel: (051) 583 1380, Cell: 082 760 110

6.    Kriste Paseka Ya Rona
PO Box 129, Zastron 9950
Tel: (051) 673 1143, Cell: 078 669 5316

7.    Sacred Heart Cathedral
PO Box 3812, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 447 2827, Fax: (051) 447 8167. Cell: 082 330 1938

8.    St Charles Lwanga
PO Box 6801, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 532 0200, Cell: 073 185 1182

 

RELIGIOUS CONVENTS OF WOMEN

Franciscan Sisters of Siessen
1.    Provincial House and Noviciate
PO Box 1106, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 0096, Fax: (051) 924 2278

2.    St Clare
PO Box 23046, Kagisanong 9323, Bloemfontein 9307
Tel: (051) 435 1176

3.    St Joseph’s Children’s Centre
95 Exton Road, Hilton, Bloemfontein 9301
Tel & Fax: (051) 433 3211

4.    La Verna Convent
PO Box 5513, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 532 1613 & 532 1625

5.    Archbishop’s House
PO Box 362, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 448 1658, Fax: (051) 447 2420
E-mail: bfnarch@mweb.co.za

6.    House of St Francis
PO Box 1729, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 423 2421

Holy Cross Sisters
Holy Cross Convent
PO Box 5168, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: 082 458 1325
E-mail. holycross-fs@mweb.co.za

Holy Family Sisters
Holy Family Convent
Box 5082, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: 051 535 2301

Good Shepherd Sisters
Assumpta Mission
PO Box 25, Westminster 9765
Tel: (051) 952 1904

Sisters of St Joseph
St Joseph’s Sisters Convent
PO Box 196, Thaba Nchu 9780
Tel: (051) 875 1196

Sisters of Our Lady Mother of Divine Love
PO Box 129, Zastron 9950
Tel (051) 673 1007

 

PARISHES

ASSISI Immaculate Heart of Mary 1943 Catholic Mission Assisi
PO Box 1106, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 1357
Outstations: Kommissiepoort; Sandspruit; Hobhouse; de Bend; Clare Farm
BLOEMFONTEIN Sacred Heart Cathedral (1849) PO Box 3812, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 447 2827, Fax: (051) 447 8167
E-mail catholicr@shisas.com

St Joseph’s Church (1937) 113 Andries Pretorius Street
PO Box 3812, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 447 2827, Fax: (051) 447 8167
BLOEMFONTEIN / BATHO All Saints (1916) PO Box 16062, Bloemfontein 9307
Tel & Fax: (051) 432 4551
BLOEMFONTEIN / BLOEMSIDE Corpus Christi (1994) PO Box 21437, Heidedal 9306
Tel & Fax: (051) 432 4551
BLOEMFONTEIN / BLOMANDA St Mark(1995) PO Box 524, Bloemfontein 9300
Fax: (051) 432 2432
Outstation: Brandfort (1963)
BLOEMFONTEIN / BOCHABELA St Rose of Lima (1954) 3391 Goronyane Street, Bochabela
PO Box 16031, Bloemfontein 9307
Tel: (051) 432 2351
Fax: (051) 432 2432 Outstations: Dewetsdorp, Lourie Park
BLOEMFONTEIN / HEIDEDAL Christus Koning (1969) PO Box 21349, Heidedal 9306
Tel & Fax: 051 436 2284
BLOEMFONTEIN / ROCKLANDS Fatima Church PO Box 7231, Bloemfontein 9300
Tel: (051) 434 1953 / 3014
BLOEMFONTEIN / CHRIS HANI Kriste Lesedi La Ditjhaba PO Box 2925, Bloem fontein 9300
Tel: (051) 433 2549
Fax: (051) 433 4945
Oustations: Maryvale Catholic Mission, Sefapano sa Kriste, St Joseph-Ikgomotseng, St Andrew- Spitskop, Abrahamskraal, Donkerhoek, Stomshoek, Glenfarm
BOTSHABELO St Charles Lwanga PO Box 6801, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 532 0200
BOTSHABELO ‘Mamohau PO Box 2016, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 532 1739
BOTSHABELO Emmaus PO Box 5199, Botshabelo 9781
Tel: (051) 534 3170
BOTSHABELO Kriste Tshepo Ya Rona PO Box 5377, Botshabelo 9781
BOTSHABELO St Raphael PO Box 5082, Botshabelo 9781
BULTFONTEIN St Paul (1969) PO Box 258, Bultfontein 9670
Tel: (051) 853 1623
Outstations: Boshoff (1972), Hertzogville, de Kuil, Duplessisdraai, Elda, Memel, Meyerslaagte, Panorama, Smalldeel, Doringpan, Plantasie, Rondepan
DEWETSDORP St John the Evangelist PO Box 9, Dewetsdorp 9940
Oustation St Elizabeth Mission PO Box 9, Dewetsdorp 9940
Tel: (052) 112 3330
Outstations: Woodbridge
EDENBURG St Pius X (1955) 1 Griessel St, PO Box 47, Edenburg 9908
Tel: (051) 743 1856
Outstations: Reddersburg
EXCELSIOR St Ladislaus PO Box 41, Excelsior 9760
Tel & Fax: (051) 973 0028
Outstations: Verkeerdevlei, Allandale St Francis
JAGERSFONTEIN Kriste Morena  (St Joseph – 1881) Convent Street, PO Box 21, Jagersfontein 9974
Tel: (051) 724 0150
Outstations: Trompsburg; Philippolis; Fauresmith
KOFFIEFONTEIN St Anthony’s (St Thadeus – 1949) 5 Groottrek St, PO Box 44, Koffiefontein 9986
Tel: (053) 205 0658
Outstations: Jacobsdal; Petrusburg; Luckhoff
SMITHFIELD Our Lady of Assumption Roman Street, Smithfield 9966
THABA NCHU St Francis (1961) PO Box 151, Thaba Nchu 9780
St Joseph Convent, 7 James Scott St, Thaba Nchu 9780
Tel: (051) 875 1196
Outstations: Gladstone, Morago, Moroto, Rooifontien, Rooibult, Sediba, Tale, Modisa ya Molemo
THABA NCHU Thabo ya Kriste Selosesha, PO Box 210, Thaba Nchu 9780
Outstations: Merino,  Modutung, Paradys, St Martin
TWEESPRUIT Holy Trinity Mission (1944) PO Box 38, Tweespruit 9770
Tel: (051) 962 1611
Outstations: Middledeel, Samekoms, Vaalkop
TWEESPRUIT Khotso ya Kriste PO Box 84, Tweespruit 9770
Tel: (051) 963 0044
Outstations: St Michael; Ha Ntsieng, England Farm, Glen Rock, Springfontein, St David, Tofville, Tweefontein
TWEESPRUIT Our Lady of Sorrows PO Box 84, Tweespruit 9770
Tel: (051) 963 0044
VENTURA FARM PO Box 52, Ladybrand 9745
Tel: (051) 924 2420
WEPENER St Joseph (St Clare – 1951) 2 Potgieter St, PO Box 68, Wepener 9944
Outstations: Van Stadensrus, Boesmanskop, Wesselsdal, Eenzaam, Anniesrust
WESTMINISTER Assumpta (1956) PO Box 25, Westminster 9765
Tel: (051) 952 1904
Outstations: Thaba-Phatshoa
ZASTRON Kriste Paseka ya Rona 2 Matthey Street, PO Box 129, Zastron 9950
Tel: (051) 673 1143
Outstations: Smithfield – Our Lady of Assumption, Benoni Farm, Monaco School, Vaalspruit, Sterkwater, Monongehela, Aboukir

 

PRIESTS AND DEACONS

Priests in the Archdiocese

BRACKEN, Michael OMI St Mark Bloemfontein
D’AES, Leo OMI St Rose Bloemfontein
GANSERER, Alois Kriste Lesedi la Ditjhaba Bloemfontein
IEVERS, Brian OMI Emmaus Botshabelo
KGAILE, Putlele Samuel Fatima Rocklands, Bloemfontein
LEBOFA, Molikeng Augustine Mariasdal High School Tweespruit
LEKHEMA, Kometsane Felix Corpus Christi Bloemfontein
LESENYEHO, David Thabo St Francis Ratlou Thaba-Nchu
MAKHETHA, Baliso Joseph Mamohau Botshabelo
MALEMOHA, Lebohang OMI Kriste Paseka ya Rona Zastron
MASIKE, Francis OMI St Rose of Lima Bochabela, Bloemfontein
MATHOKA, Mongali Tumi Francis Mamohau Botshabelo
MOEKETSI, Motsei OMI St Joseph Wepener
MOLEFI, Thabang OMI Police Chaplain Bloemfontein
MOSAI, Motsiri OMI Prison Chaplain
St Rose
Bochabela
MOSOEU, Valentine Tshepo Thabo ya Kriste Thaba-Nchu
MOTHE, Raphael Khutsoane OMI Kriste Tshepo ya Rona Botshabelo
NOLAN, John OMI Sacred Heart Cathedral Bloemfontein
NXUMALO, Jabulani OMI
Archbishop Archbishop’s House
PHALO, Francis Seabata Mpenyana Jagersfontein
RAKAKI, Maloisane St Anthony’s Koffiefontein
RAKAKI, Tsoeute Constantinus Fatima Rocklands
Bloemfontein
RAMAKATSA, Peter Our Lady of Sorrows Tweespruit
ROCHE, Leo OMI Sacred Heart Cathedral Bloemfontein
SEBUSI, Lefalamang Emmanuel Archbishop’s House Bloemfontein
SEKOATI, MICHAEL OMI Assisi Mission Marseilles
SELIANE, Peter Motholo St Joseph’s Bloemfontein
SWORDS, Thomas OMI St Charles Lwanga Botshabelo
THOABALA, Itumeleng Michael Archbishop’s House Bloemfontein
TOWE, Patrick OMI Christ the King Bloemfontein