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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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  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 […]


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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 […]


Pastoral letter: World Day of the Sick 2021

“You have but one teacher and you are all brothers” (Mt 23: 8). A trust-based relationship to guide care for the sick. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Every year on the Saturday following the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, we used to gather at our Marian Shrine at Tsheseng to pray […]

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Mini world youth day: Durban 2017

December 6-10 (Dbn exhibition centre)   The South African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) in honouring the youth of their Conference region thought it would be best to motivate and encourage the youth by inviting them to the Arch-Diocese of Durban in KZN, and bid farewell to…. READ MORE


“This is our Catholic pride

The Southern African young  Catholics in 2015 had gathered together as one at John Bosco in the province of Gauteng. This was the first time in the history of  the southern African Catholics, were all young people came together and celebrated their faith as one. I was one of the young people who attended the […]


The 32nd MWYD will be rocking!

Theme: ” The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49) This youth initiative will be such an moving experience: Spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. Despite the numbers being low, the quality of our Diocese Pilgrims attendees will be undeniably unique and amazing. We are thankful to be witnessing the […]