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Diocese of

Mthatha

South Africa South Africa

Continent: Southern Africa

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Mthatha / Umtata / Umtatan(us) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: Durban

Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelisation

Special Churches

Present Prelates

Bishop (2008.02.08 – ...):Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka (62)Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka (62)

President of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Ordinaries

Bishops of Mthatha (Roman Rite)

Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka (62)Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka (62)Permalink
(2008.02.08 – ...)

Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa)
President of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

To care and to work

Born:1960.04.27 (Idutywa, South Africa)
Ordained Priest:1988.12.17
Consecrated Bishop:2008.05.03

Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa) (2008.02.08 – ...)

Second Vice-President of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (2010.10 – 2016.01.28)

Vice-President of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (2016.01.28 – 2019.02)

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

First Vice-President of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (2019.07.19 – 2022.08.01)

Bishop Oswald Georg HirmerPermalink
(1997.04.21 – 2008.02.08)

Ego sum vobiscum

Born:1930.02.28 (Germany)
Ordained Priest:1955.06.29
Consecrated Bishop:1997.06.28
Died:2011.03.05 († 81)

Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa) (1997.04.21 – 2008.02.08)

Apostolic Administrator of Aliwal (South Africa) (2004.04.29 – 2007.12.19)

Bishop Fritz Lobinger (93)Bishop Fritz Lobinger (93)Permalink
(Apostolic Administrator 1995 – 1997.04.21)

Bishop Andrew Zolile T. BrookPermalink
(1979.02.12 – 1995.01.07)

Born:1929.11.22 (South Africa)
Ordained Priest:1957.12.08
Consecrated Bishop:1979.05.05
Died:2011.09.05 († 81)

Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa) (1979.02.12 – 1995.01.07)

Bishop Peter Fanyana John Butelezi, O.M.I. (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1975.07.10 – 1978.04.27)

Dominus incrementum dat

Born:1930.07.25 (South Africa)
Ordained Priest:1957.07.07
Consecrated Bishop:1972.10.22
Died:1997.06.10 († 66)

Apostolic Administrator of Umzimkulu (South Africa) (1968 – 1972.07.30)

Titular Bishop of Elephantaria in Proconsulari (1972.07.30 – 1975.07.10)

Auxiliary Bishop of Johannesburg (South Africa) (1972.07.30 – 1975.07.10)

Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa) (1975.07.10 – 1978.04.27)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bloemfontein (South Africa) (1978.04.27 – 1997.06.10)

Bishop Ernst Heinrich Karlen, C.M.M. (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1968.09.26 – 1974.05.09)

Born:1922.02.01 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1947.06.22
Consecrated Bishop:1968.12.03
Died:2012.10.28 († 90)

Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa) (1968.09.26 – 1974.05.09)

Bishop of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (1974.05.09 – 1994.06.10)

President of Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1975 – 1977)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (1994.06.10 – 1997.10.24)

Bishop Joseph Grueter, C.M.M.Permalink
(1951.01.11 – 1968.09.26)

Born:1896.12.04
Ordained Priest:1927.06.29
Consecrated Bishop:1941.05.22
Died:1976.03.02 († 79)

Titular Bishop of Badiæ (1941.04.03 – 1951.01.11)

Vicar Apostolic of Umtata (South Africa) (1941.04.03 – 1951.01.11)

Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa) (1951.01.11 – 1968.09.26)

Titular Bishop of Ammoniace (1968.09.26 – 1971.03.03)

Vicars Apostolic of Umtata (Roman Rite)

Bishop Joseph Grueter, C.M.M.Permalink
(1941.04.03 – 1951.01.11)

(see above)

Bishop Emanuele Hanisch, C.M.M.Permalink
(1937.04.13 – 1940.02.28)

Consecrated Bishop:1937
Died:1940.02.28

Prefect Apostolic of Umtata (South Africa) (1930.10.28 – 1937.04.13)

Titular Bishop of Gor (1937.04.13 – 1940.02.28)

Vicar Apostolic of Umtata (South Africa) (1937.04.13 – 1940.02.28)

Prefects Apostolic of Umtata (Roman Rite)

Bishop Emanuele Hanisch, C.M.M.Permalink
(1930.10.28 – 1937.04.13)

(see above)

Fr. Luigi Mohn, F.S.C.I.Permalink
(1926.12.10 – 1930)

Died:1939

Prefect Apostolic of Umtata (South Africa) (1926.12.10 – 1930)

Fr. Daniele Kauczor, F.S.C.I.Permalink
(1923 – 1926)

Died:1926

Prefect Apostolic of Umtata (South Africa) (1923 – 1926)

Contact Info

Address: Bishop’s House, 19 Craister Street, PO Box 85, Mthatha 5100, South Africa

Phone: (047) 532 6301

Statistics

Area: 23,400 km²

Population: 37,656 Catholics (1.8% of 2,091,000 total) (2020)

Statistics: 23 parishes, 107 missions, 8 priests (diocesan), 66 lay religious (3 brothers, 63 sisters), 4 seminarians (2020)

Celebrations

Patron Saint: Our Lady Assumed into Heaven

History

Last updated on 2022.10.23

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