Lenten Appeal

The Office of the Bishops’ Lenten Appeal organises the annual collection taken up during Lent in all the parishes of the Conference and proposes to the Plenary how the proceeds of the collection are to be distributed in the works of the Conference and the assistance of the poor. The coordination and promotion of the Bishops’ Lenten Appeal is entrusted to a Director who is appointed by the Plenary and an Assistant appointed by the Secretary General.


During Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, the Catholic Church calls out for sharing and prayer for missions running in the country. For six weeks of Lent there is an opportunity to share with needy.

Each year, the Bishops Lenten Appeal (BLA) is promoted to all parishes in all the dioceses, proposing a demonstration in supporting the Lent Appeal with an annual pledge. A voice of messages and pamphlets in eight languages are prepared and distributed all over South Africa.

Catholics are called to share with others not only money, but also what they received from God. The BLA is an opportunity to live the faith that Catholics profess: to be Disciples of Christ and witnesses of his kindness towards them.

That’s why Lenten season is not only opportunity for sacrifice, but also for a mutual expression of gratitude.

The programs that are funded by the Bishops Lenten Appeal make more concrete the “Good News”. The money is distributed for the support of the Total Mission of the Church in South Africa. This includes the poor and needy, education, health, priestly and lay formation, peace initiatives, catechetical formation, and Ecumenical projects, etc.


Contact Details:

Lenten Appeal’s Office

129 Main Street, Waterkloof – Pretoria
PO BOX 941

Tel: +27 12 323 6458
Mobile: Bro. Ashley Tillek: 0614414232, Email: lentenappeal@sacbc.org.za.
Mobile: Mr Bafana Magagula: 0720907918, Email: lentenappeal@sacbc.org.za


Bishop Jose Ponce de Leon IMC

National Director

Bro. Ashley Tillek OFM

Administrative Secretary

Bafana Magagula

Banking Details:

Account SACBC Lenten Appeal

No. 010009744
Standard Bank Pretoria (010045)

You may also contribute to the Bishops’ Lenten Appeal by SMS.
SMS “Lent” and the name of your diocese to 40180 (SMS cost R20)

For more info visit SACOP website

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