Province of Bloemfotein
The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most Reverend
Appointed 10th October 2005.

Postal Address:
PO Box 362, Bloemfontein 9300.
Residence: 7A White’s Road, Bloemfontein.
Tel: 051 448 1658
Fax: 051 447 2420


Coat of Arms and Motto


  1. Archbishop H. J. Meysing. (1951-1954)
  2. Archbishop W.P. Whelan (1954-1966)
  3. Archbishop J. P. Fitzgerald (1966-1976)
  4. Archbishop P. J. Butelezi (1978-1997)
  5. Archbishop B. J. Tlhagale (1999-2003)

History of the Diocese

On 11 January 1951 Pope Pius XII established the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in the Union of South Africa, and set up the Ecclesistical province of Bloemfontein. It comprises the Archdiocese of Bloemfontein and the following suffragan dioceses: Bethlehem, Kroonstad, Kimbereley, Keimoes-Upington.
The former Archbishops were Archbishop H. J. Meysing. (1951-1954) Archbishop W.P. Whelan (1954-1966), Archbishop J. P. Fitzgerald (1966-1976) Archbishop P. J. Butelezi (1978-1997) Archbishop B. J. Tlhagale (1999-2003).
The Archdiocese includes the civil districts: Bloemfontein, Boshof, Botshabelo, Brandfort, Bultfontein, Dealesville, Dewetsdorp, Edenburg, Excelsior, Fauresmith, hertzogville, Hobhouse, Jacobsdal, Koffiefontein, Luckhoff, Marseilles, Petrusburg, Phillipolis, Redderburg, Smithfield, Thaba Nchu, Trompsburg, Tweespruit, Verkeerdevlei, Wepener, Zastron, and portion of Ladyband, Hoopstad.

Area: 64 393 sq. km.

Total Pop: 670 000

Cath Pop: 100 00

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