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
+ BISHOP JAN DE GROEF, M. Afr.
SEKWELE CENTRE FOR SOCIAL REFLECTION ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT GENDER BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT Violence against the vulnerable especially women and girls be it physical, sexual or psychological is defined by the UN declaration of 1993 as being gender-based. Such violence has been diagnosed to be rooted in gender inequality factors. Though recognised as a world-wide […]
Cr.4/17 While practically invisible to the rich man, we see and know Lazarus as someone familiar. He becomes a face, and as such, a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast. (From Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2017) The parable of the […]
Cr.3/17 If a family is centred on Christ, He will unify and illumine its entire life. (From Amoris Laetitia nr. 317) We put so many conditions on mercy that we empty it of its concrete meaning and real significance. That is the worst way of watering down the Gospel. (From Amoris Laetitia) In the darkest […]
Before Vatican II there weren’t any surprises when it came to the Mass. Now in many parts of the United States you’ll find priests improvising as they go along. Even archbishops issue pastoral letters directing things at odds with liturgical regulations. As Pope John Paul II noted in a 1998 ad limina address to the American bishops […]
Cir. 2/17 Catholic schools should be encouraged in their mission to help pupils grow into mature adults who can view the world with the love of Jesus. (From Amoris Laetitia nr. 279) In the family too, we can rethink our habits of consumption and join in caring for the environment as our common home. (From […]
Diaconate Ordination of brother Tumelo Stephen Mohlaping At Holy Ghost cathedral, Bethlehem, on 12th December 2016
On this Monday just after having celebrated Laetare Sunday, in this time leading up to Christmas, the diocese of Bethlehem got a new Deacon. Many members of the Bohlokong Church communities – where Tumelo was involved pastorally and where he will go on to fulfil his diaconal ministry – but also from other parishes, most […]
Cir. 10/16 Each crisis has a lesson to teach us; we need to learn how to listen for it with the ear of the heart. (Amoris Laetitia nr. 232) Couples should be helped that surmounting a crisis need not weaken their relationship; instead, it can mature the wine of their union. (Amoris Laetitia nr. 232) […]
The minor orders are import, because they are the steps towards priesthood. They prepare a person towards the ministry of priesthood.