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Leadership conference of consecrated life south africa

 Kokstad Diocese

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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
Patron: 
St Patrick
Area:
 17 635 sq. km.
Total Population: 1 634 000
Catholic Population: 81 000.

Appointed Bishop of Kokstad on 6th May 2013. Ordained 03 August 2013.

Address: PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700.
Residence: Holy Cross House”, 107 Hope Street.
Tel: 039 727 2239
Fax: 039 727 1151
E-mail: 
kokstaddiocese@telkomsa.net/zolile@dehonafrica.net

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

Right Reverend
BISHOP ZOLILE PETROS MPAMBANI, SCJ

Predecessors

  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 201

ADMINISTRATION

DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATION

Diocesan Chancery: “Holy Cross House”, 107 Hope Street; P0 Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 2239, Fax: 039 727 1151. E-mail: kokstaddiocese@telkomsa.net
Vicar General: Rev. Fr. Lizo Lawrence Nontshe, PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Cell: 0782445296 E-mail: stpatricks@telkomsa.net
Diocesan Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Vincent Bwete, PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 7272446, Cell: 0824571666, E-Mail: bwete@telkomsa.net
Diocesan Consultors: Fr. Lizo Nontshe; Fr. Vincent Bwete; Fr. Silindile Yalezo, Fr Louis Mathew SVD;
Diocesan Secretary: Mrs Patricia Simpson, PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 2239 or Cell: 071 4140 563. E-Mail: bpa@kokdiocese.org
Financial Administration: Mrs Noella Connor, Cell: 073 645 2895, Fr Vincent Bwete; Fr Lizo L Nontshe.

DIOCESAN ORGANISATIONS

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
Diocesan Vocation Director: Rev Fr Thabang  G.Letsohla.
Diocesan Vocation Committee: Fr. Thabang G. Letsohla; Fr. Silindile Yalezo; Fr. Sihle Mbele.
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.
Justice and Peace:
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.
Representative of South African Council of Priests: Rev Fr Silindile W. Yalezo PO Box 65 Kokstad 4700. Cell: 0824873666, Tel: 039 253 1041. Vicar for Priests: Fr. Richard Kugbeh-Kasin

DIOCESAN COMMISSION AND SOCIETIES

Abantwana baka Maria: Fr Gabriel Thabang Letsohla.
Amadodakazi: Fr Vincent Bwete.
Catechetical Committee: Fr.Lizo L. Nontshe; Sr. Callista; Sr. Fidelia; 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

RELIGIOUS MEN

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

DIVINE WORD MISSIONARIES (SVD):
1. The Paraclete 1929 Main Street. PO Box 23, Bizana 4800. Tel: 039 2510219 Fr Louis Mathew (SVD) Cell: 084 265 2054; Fr. Arun Vijay D’Mello, Cell: 072 184 8783; Fr. Anastasius Osei Cell: 071 0253 464;

ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR (FRANCISCAN FRIARS.) (OFM)
Hardenberg, PO Box 257, Matatiele, 4730. Tel & Fax: 039 256 4899.

CONVENTS

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.  Sr. Vianney Phirimana 078 6459 467; Sr. Nosipho Ndlovu 078 2278 078.
2. HARDENBERG – PO Box 659, Matatiele 4730. Tel: 039 256 4050. Sr. Veronica Leroba 073 1976 806; Sr. Mary Anthony Mqliehe 076 3084 239.
3. St. Xavier mission – PO Box 30, Cedarville 4720, Sr. Callista Nontshele 079 6259 313.
4. LUSIKISIKI – Sacred Heart Convent, PO Box 63, Lusikisiki 4820.
Sr. Khumbizile Mathe (Superior) 073 3504 743; Sr. Agnes 081 8219 495; Sr. Philiwe Nduna

Daughters of St Francis of Assisi:
Maria Telgte Mission, PO Box 34, Swartberg 4710. Tel: 039 747 4587. Sr. John Bosco 078 9106 020; Sr. Viginia Didi 083 5288 056

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(Superior)

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

Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood:
1. Mount Frere Precious Blood Convent, PO Box 51, Mount Frere 5090. Tel: 039 255 0295.
2. Catholic Mission Bizana, Main Street, PO Box 23, Bizana 4800. Tel: 039 251 0042Sr. Benet Monyane, Cell: 060 482 8216
3. 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

PARISHES

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: Mvenyane, Plantation, Emaweni, Phalane, Rasheni, Zitapile, Lugada, Polile, Lunda

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. Outstations: St. Benedict La Grange, St Callistus, St. Martin Naledi, St. Francis

KWA MAKHOBA. St.Matthews. PO Box 1104, Matatiele 4730. Outstations: 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, T afeni. 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. Outstations: Bubesi, Nyaniso.

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. Outstations: 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 IN THE DIOCESE

PRIESTS  STATION
BWETE, Robert Vincent Flagstaff
D’MELLO, Arun Vijay (SVD) Bhongweni
KUGBEH-KASIN, Richard Cedarville
LEMAO, Francis Matatiele
LETSOHLA, Gabriel Thabang Franklin Mount Ayliff / Tabankulu
MATHEW, LOUIS (SVD) Hardenberg
MBHELE, Sihle Bizana
MPAMBANI, Zolile Petros (SCJ), Rt. Rev. Bishop Taylorville
MUHASE, FIDEL Kokstad
NONTSHE,L Lizo Matatiele
OKANYA Richard (AJ) Kokstad, Cathedral
PULUWANA, Major Zanemvula Flagstaff
YALEZO, Silindile Bishop’s House, Klerksdorp
OSEI Anastasius (SVD) Hardenberg
NGCOBO Rudolph Mxolisi Mount Frere
SIHLOBO Rogers Cedarville
MBHELE Bongani Lusikisiki
Hardenberg

PRIESTS OUTSIDE THE DIOCESE

PRIESTS  STATION
BYRARUGABA, George Cape Town University
MBHELE, Dominic Bongani St. John Vianney Seminary

TEMPORARY DEACONS IN THE DIOCESE

PRIEST STATION
JAKUJA, Dominic Msawenkosi Bhongweni

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