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Right Reverend
BISHOP JAN DE GROEF, M. Afr.As the Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem in South Africa, I welcome you to this website.

It is my hope that it will inform you and provide you with any information you may require regarding this segment of the Catholic Church.

We also provide links with other websites which might interest you. If you require any information not included here, email us and we will do what we can to help.

If you have discovered this page by accident, you are especially welcome and I hope you will find it of some value and maybe help you to understand how the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Bethlehem is trying to serve the community and so bring it closer to the Lord.

With my very sincere and best wishes

Right Reverend

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DPC meeting

The Diocese of Bethlehem held its 2021 DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL (DPC) Meeting on the 23rd -24th SEPTEMBER 2021 and here are the outcomes. 23 SEPTEMBER 2021 Opening Prayer: Frs. Paballo Skhotha, Thabiso Matabane & Hosias Makibi led participants in prayer Welcome: Fr. Sifiso Thusi welcomed everyone and declared the meeting opened. 2.1 Orientation and Ice […]


Fazenda da Esperanca

Dear beloved and friends of the Diocese of Bethlehem and of the Diocesan web-page… Herewith below, you will find the completed short history of our Fazenda. I have done my best to give accurate and concise information, but if I have missed anything out that you feel should be included, please let me know.   […]

Newly Ordained Priests with Bishop Jan DeGroef

Priesthood and Diaconate Ordination

The Diocese of Bethlehem, on the 21st August 2021, first time under the leadership of Bishop Jan DeGroef happily ordained three Priests, Rev.Fr’s Seabata Makibi, Paballo Skotha and Thabiso Matabane and one Deacon, Rev.Dc Nhlanhla Mokoena. With their signature statement “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade ” the triplets and their family with the […]


Finishing our formation period during the pandemic

We give thanks to God who bestowed on us this precious gift of priesthood up on us. We thank our families for their blessings from the beginning of our journey for the past ten years ago to twelve years ago. We also thank our the bishop, the clergy, the vocation team, our parish priests, vocation […]


My journey with Comfirmandi 2021

  My appointment resumed in Lindley on the 3rd January 2020. Upon arrival, I started my mission by conducting a funeral Mass on the 4th, before officially meeting the congregation in different communities on Sunday. However, after visiting all four communities, Srs. Agnes, Anne, Gabriel and the Sacred Heart, I decided to  meet the PPC […]


New Appointments

  PARISH/PLACE NAME TEL/CELL. NO BOX CODE BETHLEHEM Fr. Dikotsi Mofokeng D C M.D. MofokengFr. Tumelo Mohlaping  058 313 0042/072 684 7421058 304 1171 073 353 2261 5035 9700 John Paul II Centre Priests House Msgr George Wagner 058 303 8055 072 153 7407 1768 9700 JP II Centre Office Fax numberCell number 058 303 […]


2021 The Joy of Love and Reconciliation in our Families Cir. 1/21

In my fraternal meeting in 2019, which I gladly recall, with the Great Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb “we resolutely declared that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood. God, the Almighty, has no need to be defended by anyone and does not want […]