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.
For those who believe in you, Lord, life is not ended but changed. Our loved ones are not lost in the shades of nothingness; He assures us that they are in the good strong hands of God. (From Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ nr. 256) Blessed are the open hands that bring hope, that […]
The preaching of the Gospel thus becomes a vital and effective word that accomplishes what it proclaims (cf. Is 55:10-11): Jesus Christ, who constantly takes flesh in every human situation (cf. Jn 1:14). (From the message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday 2017) Many things have to change course, But it is we human […]
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Mary, whom we call our Lady of Bethlehem, and the Marian shrine in Tsheseng, Qwaqwa, are very precious for us as the local Church of Bethlehem diocese. That is why we gather every year twice as the People of God coming from all over the diocese to honour our […]
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 […]