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Diocese of

Bethlehem

South Africa South Africa

Continent: Southern Africa

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Bethlehem / Bethlehemen(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: Bloemfontein

Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelisation

Special Churches

Present Prelates

Bishop (2008.12.31 – ...):Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (74)Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (74)

Ordinaries

Bishops of Bethlehem (Roman Rite)

Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (74)Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (74)Permalink
(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 BücherPermalink
(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.Permalink
(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.Permalink
(1950.03.12 – 1951.01.11)

(see above)

Bishop Léon Klerlein, C.S.Sp.Permalink
(1948.02.12 – 1950.05.22)

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 – 1950.05.22)

Contact Info

Address: PO Box 366, Bethlehem 9700, South Africa

Phone: (058) 303 5351

Website: Link

Statistics

Area: 34,965 km²

Population: 59,361 Catholics (6.9% of 866,415 total) (2020)

Statistics: 13 parishes, 13 missions, 19 priests (17 diocesan, 2 religious), 4 deacons, 38 lay religious (2 brothers, 36 sisters), 6 seminarians (2020)

Celebrations

Patron Saint: Immaculate Heart of Mary

History

Last updated on 2022.09.23

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