Kokstad Diocese


By Papal Decree of 8 April 1935, the Kokstad District of the Mariannhill Vicariate was constituted the Prefecture Apostolic of Mount Currie. The Prefecture Apostolic of Mount Currie became the Vicariate Apostolic of Kokstad on 11 July 1939, and was entrusted to the Franciscan Fathers (Order of Friars Minor, OFM). Rt Rev Sigebald Kurz, OFM became the first Bishop. He resigned in 1945 and Rt Rev Lucas Puerstinger, OFM was Apostolic Administrator until 1949 when Rt Rev John Evangelist McBride, OFM was appointed Bishop and remained in office until his resignation in 1978, when Rt Rev. Wilfrid F Napier, OFM was appointed Apostolic Administrator and later Bishop.
With the establishment of the hierarchy in 1951, the diocese of Kokstad came into existence and comprises the magisterial districts of Bizana, Flagstaff, Lusikisiki, Port St John on the left bank of the Umzimvubu River, Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Tabankulu, Mount Currie and Matatiele south of the Kenegha River.

Province of Durban
St Patrick
 17 635 sq. km.
Total Population: 1 634 000
Catholic Population: 81 000.

Appointed Bishop of Kokstad on 06 April 2022
Ordained 11 June 2022

Residence: Holy Cross House”, 107 Hope Street.
Tel: 039 727 2239
Fax: 039 727 1151
E-mail: bishop@kokdiocese.org/bpa@kokdiocese.org

Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Vincent Bwete
E-mail: bwete@telkomsa.net

Right Reverend
BISHOP Thulani Victor Mbuyisa


  1. Rt Rev Bishop Sigebald Kurz, OFM was consecrated 29 December 1939 as Titular Bishop of Terenati and First Vicar Apostolic of Kokstad. He retired in 1946 and died in Germany in December 1973..
  2. Rt Rev Bishop John Evangelist McBride, OFM was appointed Bishop of Kokstad 2 April 1949. Titular Bishop of Ezani. He was consecrated in Dublin, Ireland, 25 July 1949; enthroned 29 September 1949 and retired June 1978. He died in Dublin, Ireland on 12 February 1991.
  3. Rt Rev Bishop Wilfrid Fox Napier, OFM, Appointed Apostolic Administrator 15 May 1978 and canonically installed 26 June 1978, he was appointed Bishop 15 December 1980. He was ordained 28 February 1981. Transferred, and installed as Archbishop of Durban on 04 October 1992.
  4. Rt Rev Bishop William M. Slattery, OFM, appointed Bishop of Kokstad on 7 December 1993, ordained on 19 February 1994 at Kokstad. Transferred and installed as Archbishop of Pretoria on 30 January, 2011
  5. Rt Rev Bishop Stanislaw Jan Dziuba OSPPE, Bishop of Umzimkulu. Appointed Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Kokstad on 30 January 2011 until 06 May 2011
  6. Rt Rev Bishop Zolile Peter Mpambani, SCJ, Bishop of Kokstad. Appointed Bishop on 06 May 2013. Ordained Bishop on 03 August 2013. Appointed Archbishop of Bloemfontein on 01 April 2020. Installed Archbishop of Bloemfontein 19 June 2020.



Diocesan Chancery: “Holy Cross House”, 107 Hope Street; PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 2239, Fax: 039 727 1151.

Vicar General: Very Rev. Mxolisi Rudolph Ngcobo
Rev Fr Lizo Nontshe, email: admin@kokdiocese.org
PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700.

Diocesan Secretary: Rev. Fr. Napo Swayi: bpa@kokdiocese.org.
PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700.
Tel: 039 727 2239/0835140734

Diocesan Consultors: Fr. Lizo Nontshe; Fr. Silindile Yalezo; Fr Louis Mathew SVD; Fr Mxolisi Ngcobo; Fr Napo Swayi; Fr Thabang Letshohla.

Financial Administration: Mrs Noella Connor, Cell: 073 645 2895, Fr Vincent Bwete; Fr Lizo L Nontshe; Fr Napo Swayi.

Diocesan Vocations Committee: Fr Thabang Gabriel Letshohla (Vocations Director), Fr Itumeleng Ambrose Khalianyane (Treasurer), Fr Richard Kugbeh-Kasin (Vocations Team Advisor), Rev Deacon Katleho Christopher Mohapi (Secretary), Rev Aviwe Augustus Biata (Vocations Coordinator).

Prison Chaplain: Fr Napo Joseph Swayi, Fr Silindile Yalezo ( Bhongweni Correctional Services).

Representative at South African Council of Priests: Fr Fidel Muhase


Bishops’Lenten Appeal: Fr Louis Mathew SVD, PO Box 65 Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 251 0219 Cell: 074 798 2565
Catholic Institute of Education: Beryl Pearse 083 942 8660. Vatiswa Mcasa, 17 Pelican Street, Extention 7, Kokstad. John McCormick.
Catholic Schools: Tigervlei, St Paul Franklin; Glen Edward, St Therese, Mbizana; Holy Cross, Flagstaff; Nsimbini, Maria Telgte; St. Mary’s Primary School, Kokstad
Hospital Chaplains: Fr. Lizo Nontshe / Fr. Silindile Yalezo – Usher Memorial, Kokstad Medical Centre. Fr. Richard Kugbeh-Kasin / Francis Lemao – Taylor Bequest, Matatiele. Fr. Thabang Letsohla –  Mount Frere, Madzikane Ka Zulu; Fr. M Jakuja – Mount Ayliff, Fr. Lois Mathew / Arun D’Mello – St Patrick’s Bizana, St Elizabeth
Lusikisiki: (Served by Parish Clergy) Holy Cross, Flagstaff, Parish clergy.
Judge/Marriage Tribunal: Fr Vincent Bwete, PO Box 65 Kokstad 4700
Prison Chaplains: Prison Desk, Mr Jonathan Meth; PO Box 65 Kokstad, and individual desks in Matatiele, Mount Frere, Mount Ayliff, Bizana, Lusikisiki.
Vicar for Priests: Fr. Richard Kugbeh-Kasin


Abantwana baka Maria: Fr Fidel Muhase.
Amadodakazi: Fr Thabang Letshohla.
Catechetical Committee: Fr.Lizo L. Nontshe; Sr. Callista; Kuthala Ngundze
Catholic Boarding School: Maria Telge Mission, PO Box 34, Swartberg 4710. Tel: 039 747 4452.
Catholic Nurses: Chaplian: Fr. Vincent Bwete.
Catholic Women’s League: Mrs N Connor, Cell: 073 645 2895, Tel: 039 727 2239.
Council of Religious:
Couples for Christ: John Napier Kokstad 072 7581 314.
APOSTLES OF JESUS (AJ): Fr. Richard Okanya, 0616554917


Fr Louis Mathew (SVD) Cell: 084 265 2054;
The Paraclete Parish
1929 Main Street. PO Box 23, Bizana 4800. Tel: 039 2510219


Fr.Leeto Mabope,  Tel.:043 670 0069. Email: leeto1248@gmail.com
Fr. Ndumiso Zuma,  Cell.: 081 064 7714. Email: ndumiso.friar@gmail.com
HARDENBERG, Immaculate Conception Parish
2 Main Road, Maluti, 4740. EASTERN CAPE,
P.O. Box 257, Matatiele, 4730. Tel.:(039) 256 4899

Fr. Richard Kanya (holy spirit parish in flagstaff) cell: 0718116224
Flagstaff: Holy Spirit Parish

1916. Main Street, PO Box 17, Flagstaff 4810. Tel: 039 252 9105.


Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
1. FLAGSTAFF – Sacred Heart Convent,
PO Box 17, Flagstaff 4810. Tel: 039 252 3872.
Sr. Mary Jane Nomvulo Mntambo (Superior) 073 284 2369, Sr Agnes Khatywa.

2. HARDENBERG – Immaculate Conception
PO Box 659, Matatiele 4730. Tel: 039 256 4050.
Sr Alphoncina Makhala Mosuhli, Sr Florina Masethola Mokoma, Sr Anna Dirontsho Hlephe

3. MZONGWANA – St. Xavier mission
PO Box 30, Cedarville 4720,
Sr. Callista Nontshele 079 6259 313, Sr Philile Ntsimbi.

4. LUSIKISIKI – Sacred Heart Convent,
PO Box 63, Lusikisiki 4820.
Sr. Khumbizile Mathe 073 3504 743

Daughters of St Francis of Assisi:
Maria Telgte Mission,
PO Box 34, Swartberg 4710. Tel: 039 747 4587.
Sr Eusebius Mathontsi, Sr John Bosco Vezi

Franciscan Nardini Sisters of the Holy Family (FNS): 
PO Box 212, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 3502. E-mail: pjnardini@gmail.com
Sr. M Christin Gruber

Little Servants of Mary Immaculate:
Holy Trinity Convent – Matatiele:
153 High Street; PO Box 26, Matatiele 4730. Tel: 039 737 4062. E-Mail: matatieledom@telkomsa.net
Sr Lucyna Budny, Sr Barbara Skora, Sr Nomveliso Mbanjwa.

Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood:
Mount Frere Precious Blood Convent (Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish)
PO Box 51, Mount Frere 5090. Tel: 039 255 0295.
Sr Cyprian Mary Candlovu, Sr Kieran Madikizela, Sr Olive Nanu Sopea

Catholic Mission Bizana (The Paraclete Parish)
Main Street, PO Box 23, Bizana 4800. Tel: 039 251 0042Sr.
Sr M. Sigrid Ngcobo, Sr Mary Paul Makoa

Poor Clare Sisters / Sisters of St Clare (Order of St Clare (OSC) (Contemplative Sisters):
Monastery of Santa Chiara, PO Box 1638, Kokstad 4700.
Cell: 073 6537 560. E-mail: clares@vodamail.co.za
Sr. Mary Muzeta (of the Eucharist) (Superior)

Sisters of the Holy Childhood of Jesus OFS (Franciscan):
Holy Childhood Convent, PO Box 31, Ntabankulu 5130. Tel & Fax: 039 258 0081.
Sr. Gregoria Lutter (Superior) 076 349 2752



KOKSTAD. St Patrick’s Cathedral 1884. 107 Hope Street, PO Box 212, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 2273. E-mail: stpatricks@telkomsa.net 
Institutions: St Anthony’s Centre, St Mary’s Primary School; St. Anthony’s Pre-Primary; St. Theresa’s Play School

KOKSTAD, BHONGWENI. Uganda Martyrs 1933. (292 Gcadinja Street, Bhongweni).
PO Box 1873, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 2446. E-mail: bwete@telkomsa.net 
Institutions: Bhongweni Community crèche and Nursery School, Sakh’isizwe, Shayamoya Creche. Sivile Skills Centre, 
Outstations: St. Francis – Ingeli, St. Joseph – Gogela, St. Micheal – Brooksnek, Our Lady of the Highway – Ngqumareni, Blessed Joseph Nardini -Shayamoya, Our Lady of Sorrows – Gxwaleni.

CEDARVILLE. Our Lady of the Assumption 1955. PO Box 40, Cedarville 4720. Tel: 039 757 5624. 
Outstations: St Francis of Assisi, Emmanuel, St Joseph, St Margaret and St Veronica.

FLAGSTAFF. Holy Spirit 1916. Main Street, PO Box 17, Flagstaff 4810. Tel: 039 252 9105. 
Outstations: Mxotsheni, Hlwahlwazi, Mqume, Hlabati, Khanyayo, Luphondo, Sicwenze, Ndakeni, Bisi, Mfundisweni, Nqabeni, Dukade, Lubala, Bukuveni, Marhamzini

FRANKLIN. Our Lady of Fatima 1951. PO Box 235, Franklin 4610, KZN. Tel: 039 747 4416. 
Outstations: Shalom, Newmarket, High Bank, St Elizabeth’s. 
Institutions: St Paul Primary School.

HARDENBERG. The Immaculate Conception 1897. PO Box 257, Matatiele 4730. Tel: 039 256 4899.
 St. Benedict La Grange, St Callistus, St. Martin Naledi, St. Francis

KWA MAKHOBA. St.Matthews. PO Box 1104, Matatiele 4730. 
 St. Peters – Kwa Vikinduku; St. Johns Mahango

LUSIKISIKI. St Anthony 1947. PO Box 63, Lusikisiki 4820. Tel: 039 253 1041. 
Outstations: Mantlaneni, Mantusini, Vitshane, Malongwane, Xura, Hillside, Hombe, Dimfi, Gogwana, Lutshaya, Mfinisweni, Mkata, Ngozi, Tembukazi, Qawukeni.

MAKHOASENG. St. Anthonys; PO Box 1104, Matatiele 4730. 
Outstations: St. Agnes Menjin; St. Thomas Zazingeni.

MARIA TELGTE. Mater Dolorosa 1895. Maria Telgte Mission, PO Box 34, Swartberg 4710, East Griqualand. T el: 039 747 4452. 
Outstations: Glen Edward, Tafeni. 
Institutions: Ntsimbini Primary School & Hostel; Farm Schools: Glen Edward, Middlewater, Tweedie’s, Koppieskraal, Tafeni, Ntambanane.

MATATIELE. Holy Trinity 1932. Catholic Church. 128 Main Street, PO Box 89, Matatiele 4730. Tel: 039 737 3515.
St Joseph, St Theresa, St Michael’s, St Peters, St Mary’s.

MBIZANA. The Paraclete 1929. Main Street, PO Box 84, Bizana 4800. Tel: 039 251 0219. 
Outstations: Mbongweni, Makhewini, KwaMzizi, Dutyini, Mbobeni, Silangwe, Ntlakwe, Luthulini, Qungebe, Ntamonde, Ntlozelo, Lurolweni, Ludeke, (Grenville scc), Monti, Zinini, Diamandi, Izibhorolo, Nyaka, Nyanisweni.

MOUNT AYLIFF. Christ the King 1935. 10 Justice Street, PO Box 14, Mount Ayliff 4735 Tel: 039 254 0019. PO Box 1819, Kokstad 4700. 
 Mnikwa, Lugelweni, Emvalweni, Sugarbush, Lubaleko, Mazeni, Dundee, Ntsizwa, Bonga, Mqhekezweni.

MOUNT FRERE. Sacred Heart 1895. PO Box 51, Mount Frere 5090. Tel: 039 255 0149. PO Box 1437, Kokstad 4700. 
Outstations: St Michael’s – Mandileni; St Lawrence – Lugangeni; St Joseph’s – Mpoza; St Mary’s – Dangwana; Holy Family – Makholonini -, St Anthony – Maxhegwini, Ngwetsheni, Mnyamana, Buffalo Nek, Nomkholokoto, Luyengweni – St. Clare, Siqhingeni – Our Lady of Guadalupe; Mtsila; Beja. Good Hope

NTABANKULU. St Francis 1952, Church Street; PO Box 31, Ntabankulu 5130. Tel: 039 258 0081. 
Outstations: St Joseph – Lower Mnceba, St. Charles Lwanga – Ncumbe, St Matthias Malumba – Saphukanduku, Baqozini.

TAYLORVILLE/HLANGWINI/MZONGWANA. Our Lady of Knock 1956. Catholic Church Mission, Taylorville, East Griqualand. PO Box 30, Cedarville 4720. Tel: 039 757 5436. 
Outstations: St Joseph’s – Hillside, St Mary’s – Lufefeni, St Theresa’s – Kwa Matias, St. Charles Lwanga – Esifolweni; St. Bernard- Mnqayi; St. John Joseph – Goxe; St. Martin de Porres – Mngeni; Emmanuel – Palmaville.


PRIESTS                                                                   STATION

Bwete, Vincent                                                         Mount Ayliff (Christ The King)

Jakuja, Msawenkosi Dominic                                   Matatiele (Holy Trinity)

Swayi, Napo Joseph                                                 Cathedral (St Patrick’s)

Khalianyane, Itumeleng Ambrose                            Franklin (Our Lady Of Fatima)

Letshohla, Gabriel Thabang                                     Mount Frere (Sacred Heart)

Mabope, Leeto Ofm                                                 Hardernberg (The Immaculate Conception)

Matthew, Louis Svd                                                  Bizana (The Paraclete)

Mbele, Sihle                                                             Maria Telgte

Mjoki, Zonwabele Henry                                          Ntabankulu (St Francis Of Assisi)

Mohapi, Katleho Christopher                                  Lusikisiki (St Anthony Of Padua)

Ncama, Luxolo Lawrence                                         Bizana (The Paraclete)

Ngcobo, Mxolisi Ruddy                                            Mzongwana (St Francis Xavier)

Nontshe, Lizo Lawrence                                           Catherdral Administrator (St Patrick’s)

Okanya, Richard    Aj                                                Flagstaff (Holy Spirit)

Swayi, Napo Joseph                                                 Cerdaville (Our Lady Of Assumption)

Yalezo, Silindile Walter                                             Bhongweni -Kokstad (Uganda Martrys)

Zuma, Ndumiso Ofm                                               Hardernberg (The Immaculate Conception)


Mkafane, Andile Dominic                                             Rome
Mbhele, Dominic Bongani St. John Vianney Seminary


Biata, Aviwe Augustus                                                                Cerdaville (Our Lady of Assumption)

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