PATRONS: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart St Joseph
RIGHT REVEREND BISHOP JOAO NOE RODRIGUES
Appointed Bishop of Tzaneen 28 January 2010, Ordained 18 April 2010
Ave Maria Pastoral Centre
PO Box 80
Tel: (015) 395 2215
Fax: (015) 395 2194
31 Draai Road
PO Box 261
Tel: (015) 307) 5244
Fax: (015) 307 3078
The Diocese was originally part of the Abbey Nullius of Pietersburg. The Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart took responsibility for it and sent the first four Priests in 1950. This area was constituted the Prefecture Apostolic of Louis Trichadt on 29 December 1962.
It was established as the Diocese of Louis Trichardt-Tzaneen by Decree of Pope Paul VI on 16 November 1972. By special Decree from Rome on 29 July 1987 the name of the Diocese was changed to that of the Diocese of Tzaneen.
The boundaries are: Zimbabwe in the North, the Diocese of Pietersburg and Witbank in the South, the Kruger National Park and Mozambique in the East, and the Diocese of Pietersburg and by Botswana in the West. It comprises the districts od Letaba and Soutpansberg, all of the former Venda, the districts of Malamulele and Giyani and of Ritavi in the former Gazankulu, the districts of Botlokwa, Sekgosese East, Naphuno and Namakgale in the former Lebowa.
Predecessor: Rt Rev John T Durkin MSC was appointed Prefect Apostolic on 15 February 1963 and Bishop of Louis Trichadt-Tzaneen on 16 November 1972. Ordained Bishop on 4 March 1973 at Dwars River, he retired on 30 September 1984 and died 27 September 1990. Rt Rev Hugh Slattery MSC, appointed Bishop of Louis Trichadt-Tzaneen on 22 June 1984, his Episcopal Ordination was 30 September 1984 at Dwars River Mission. He retired on 28 January 2010.
Area: 49 472 sq.km.
Total. Pop: 2, 2 million.
Cath.Pop: 48 555
- Rt Rev Marie Jean Francois Allard OMI, Titular Bishop of Samaria and Vicar Apostolic of Natal, ordained 13 July 1851 at Marseilles by the Blessed Charles Josheph Eugene de Mazenod, Founder of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate; retired in 1873; appointed Archbishop of Taron in Partibus; died in Rome in 1889.
- Rt Rev Charles Constant Jolivet OMI, Titular Bishop of Bellina and Vicar Apostolic of Natal, appointed 15 August 1874, ordained November 1874; died at Durban 15 September 1903.
- Rt Rev Henry Delalle OMI, Titular Bishop of Thugga and Vicar Apostolic on Natal; appointed 19 December 1903, ordained 2 June 1904; retired 4 April 1946; died at Durban 15 February 1949.
- Most Rev Denis Eugene Hurley OMI, Titular Bishop of Turuzi and Vicar Apostolic of Natal, 12 December 1946; ordained 19 March 1947; became Archbishop of Durban 11 January 1951; retired June 1992; died at Durban 13 February 2004.
154 Gordon Road, Durban
PO Box 47489 Greyville 4023
Tel: (031) 303 1417 / 303 2991
Fax: (031) 312 1848