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The name of the organisation shall be “The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference”, hereinafter referred to as “the Conference.”


The-Southern-African-Catholic-Bishops-Conference-01The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (which is comprised of the Catholic Bishops of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland) is an organisation, approved by the Holy See, of diocesan Bishops and others equivalent in Canon Law, serving in the ecclesiastical Provinces of Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, in and through which members exercise their pastoral office jointly through the pooling of wise counsel and experiences in matters concerning their common interest in order to promote that greater good which the Church offers humankind especially through formation and programmes of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the age.


Members of the Conference are by law diocesan bishops, those equivalent to them in law, coadjutors and auxiliaries, and other bishops who perform within the territory served by the Conference a pastoral work entrusted to them by the Apostolic See or the Episcopal Conference


Most Reverend Sithembele Anton Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha, Born in Idutywa Eastern Cape, on 27 April, 1960. He did his Primary Education in Butterworth, Mthatha, and later Matriculated in Butterworth in 1979.

He Joined his Priestly Training in St John Vianney Seminary and completed in 1988. In 17 December 1988 he was ordained to Priesthood in the Diocese of Queentown.

From 1989-1991 he was working as a Curate in Qoqodala Parish in Lady Frere, and later in 1991-1992 he was assigned the Parish Priest of Zigudu Parish Cofirmvaba.

On the 08th February 2008 he was appointed the Bishop of Mthatha by Pope Benedict XVI, and later on the 3rd May 2008 he was ordained by his predecessor Bishop Oswald Georg Hirmer as the Bishop of Mthatha.

Presently Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka is the President elect of the Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference, and the Second Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)

Bishop-Sithembele-Anton-Sipuka-04He is also the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference. Read More >>

An exceptionally warm, compassionate and down-to-earth man with a ready sense of humour, Cardinal Napier is loved and respected by everyone who comes into contact with him.

Born in the small midlands town of Matatliele on 8 March 1941, Wilfrid Fox Napier is one of seven children – five boys and two girls, who remain close to this day.

cardinal-napier-ofm-south-african-catholic-bishops-conferenceHe attended the Ixopo Catholic School and his teacher, Sister Annuncia, says she doesn’t remember him ever doing anything wrong. But he confesses that he came close to being expelled for disrespect when he once innocently mimicked Sister’s strong German accent.

At the end of his matric year he joked that he was ‘off to Ireland to pick potatoes’. Six months later, he entered the Franciscan Novice House in Killarney. After his noviciate, he spent three years at university in Galway acquiring a BA degree with Latin and English as his majors. To this day, he retains fond memories of Ireland and the many wonderful people he met there.

Young, Wilfrid Fox Napier enjoyed fishing 

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