Diocese of

Bethlehem

South Africa South Africa

Map

Continent: Southern Africa

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Bethlehem / Bethlehemen(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: Bloemfontein

Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelisation

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: Immaculate Heart of Mary

Liturgical Calendar (National) πŸ“…

History

Contact Info

Address: PO Box 366, Bethlehem 9700, South Africa

Phone: (058) 303 5351

Present Prelates

Bishop (2008.12.31 – ...):Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (76)Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (76)

Ordinaries

Bishops of Bethlehem (Roman Rite)

Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (76)Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (76)
(2008.12.31 – ...)

Bishop of Bethlehem (South Africa)

Alive in Christ

Born:1948.01.07 (Beigem, Belgium)
Ordained Priest:1979.07.07
Consecrated Bishop:2009.03.28

Bishop of Bethlehem (South Africa) (2008.12.31 – ...)

Apostolic Administrator of Kroonstad (South Africa) (2010.02.04 – 2011.04.01)

Bishop Hubert BΓΌcher
(1976.12.09 – 2008.12.31)

Born:1931.06.21 (Regensburg, Germany)
Ordained Priest:1957.06.29
Consecrated Bishop:1977.03.27
Died:2021.07.23 (Regensburg, Germany † 90)

Bishop of Bethlehem (South Africa) (1976.12.09 – 2008.12.31)

Bishop Peter Kelleter, C.S.Sp.
(1951.01.11 – 1975.07.05)

Born:1908.01.14 (Germany)
Ordained Priest:1935.04.28
Consecrated Bishop:1950.06.29
Died:1991.01.07 († 82)

Titular Bishop of Sigus (1950.03.12 – 1951.01.11)

Vicar Apostolic of Bethlehem (South Africa) (1950.03.12 – 1951.01.11)

Bishop of Bethlehem (South Africa) (1951.01.11 – 1975.07.05)

Vicars Apostolic of Bethlehem (Roman Rite)

Bishop Peter Kelleter, C.S.Sp.
(1950.03.12 – 1951.01.11)

(see above)

Bishop LΓ©on Klerlein, C.S.Sp.
(1948.02.12 – 1950.03.12)

Born:1877.08.18 (France)
Ordained Priest:1903.10.28
Consecrated Bishop:1935.05.30
Died:1950.05.22 († 72)

Prefect Apostolic of Kroonstad (South Africa) (1924.03.24 – 1935.04.08)

Vicar Apostolic of Kroonstad (South Africa) (1935.04.08 – 1948.02.12)

Titular Bishop of Voncaria (1935.04.08 – 1950.05.22)

Vicar Apostolic of Bethlehem (South Africa) (1948.02.12 – 1950.03.12)

Special Churches

Maseru (↙), Bloemfontein (↙), Kroonstad (←), Johannesburg (↑), Dundee (β†’), Durban (β†˜), Qacha’s Nek (β†˜), Leribe (↓)

Statistics (2022.12.31)

Area: 34,965 kmΒ²

Population: 59,916 Catholics (7.0% of 858,779 total)

Pastoral Centres: 14 parishes

Personnel: 23 priests (22 diocesan, 1 religious), 2 deacons, 32 religious (1 brother, 31 sisters), 2 seminarians

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