Diocese of

Kroonstad

South Africa South Africa

Map

Continent: Southern Africa

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Kroonstad / Kroonstaden(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: Bloemfontein

Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelisation

Website:

Celebrations

Patron Saint: Saint Patrick

Liturgical Calendar (National) 📅

History

Contact Info

Address: Bishop’s House, The Peak, PO Box 129, Kroonstad 9500, South Africa

Phone: (056) 212 6639

Present Prelates

Bishop:vacant

Ordinaries

Bishops of Kroonstad (Roman Rite)

Bishop Peter John Holiday (72)Bishop Peter John Holiday (72)
(2011.04.01 – 2022.12.12)

Bishop emeritus of Kroonstad (South Africa)

Born:1952.01.11 (Durban, South Africa)
Ordained Priest:1992.12.10
Consecrated Bishop:2011.06.25

Priest of Johannesburg (South Africa) (1992.12.10 – 2011.04.01)

Bishop of Kroonstad (South Africa) (2011.04.01 – 2022.12.12)

Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (76)Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (76)
(Apostolic Administrator 2010.02.04 – 2011.04.01)

Cardinal Stephen Brislin (67)Bishop Stephen Brislin (67) (later Cardinal)
(2006.10.17 – 2009.12.18)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Domenica Mazzarello
Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Town (South Africa)

Veritas in caritate

Born:1956.09.24 (Welkom, South Africa)
Ordained Priest:1983.11.19
Consecrated Bishop:2007.01.28
Created Cardinal:2023.09.30

Priest of Kroonstad (South Africa) (1983.11.19 – 2006.10.17)

Prelate of Honour of His Holiness (2002.08.02 – 2006.10.17)

Bishop of Kroonstad (South Africa) (2006.10.17 – 2009.12.18)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Town (South Africa) (2009.12.18 – ...)

President of Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (2012.08 – 2016.11)

President of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (2013.02 – 2019.02)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Domenica Mazzarello (2023.09.30 [2024.05.12] – ...)

Bishop Johannes Ludgerus Bonaventure Brenninkmeijer, O.P.
(1977.04.15 – 2003.07.02)

Spiritus renovavit

Born:1930.07.19 (Netherlands)
Ordained Priest:1957.07.25
Consecrated Bishop:1977.07.24
Died:2003.07.02 († 72)

Bishop of Kroonstad (South Africa) (1977.04.15 – 2003.07.02)

Bishop Gerard Marie Franciskus van Velsen, O.P.
(1951.01.11 – 1975.11.15)

Dominus firmamentum meum

Born:1910.07.31 (Netherlands)
Ordained Priest:1935.07.25
Consecrated Bishop:1950.07.25
Died:1996.03.03 († 85)

Titular Bishop of Tremithus (1950.05.31 – 1951.01.11)

Vicar Apostolic of Kroonstad (South Africa) (1950.05.31 – 1951.01.11)

Bishop of Kroonstad (South Africa) (1951.01.11 – 1975.11.15)

Vicars Apostolic of Kroonstad (Roman Rite)

Bishop Gerard Marie Franciskus van Velsen, O.P.
(1950.05.31 – 1951.01.11)

(see above)

Bishop Léon Klerlein, C.S.Sp.
(1935.04.08 – 1948.02.12)

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)

Prefects Apostolic of Kroonstad (Roman Rite)

Fr. Léon Klerlein, C.S.Sp. (later Bishop)
(1924.03.24 – 1935.04.08)

(see above)

Fr. Guglielmo Herting, C.S.Sp.
(1923 – 1924)

Died:1924

Prefect Apostolic of Kroonstad (South Africa) (1923 – 1924)

Special Churches

Bloemfontein (↙), Klerksdorp (↖), Johannesburg (↗), Bethlehem (→)

Statistics (2022.12.31)

Area: 30,288 km²

Population: 48,487 Catholics (5.2% of 938,011 total)

Pastoral Centres: 37 missions

Personnel: 25 priests (15 diocesan, 10 religious), 6 deacons, 16 religious (10 brothers, 6 sisters), 5 seminarians

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