About Us

Diocess Of Kokstad


(Province of Durban)

PATRON: St Patrick

By Papal Decree of 8 April 1935, the Kokstad District of the Mariannhill Vicariate was constituted the Prefecture Apostolic of Mount Currie. The Prefecture Apostolic of Mount Currie became the Vicariate Apostolic of Kokstad on 11 July 1939, and was entrusted to the Franciscan Fathers (Order of Friars Minor, OFM). Rt Rev Sigebald Kurz, OFM became the first Bishop. He resigned in 1945 and Rt Rev Lucas Puerstinger, OFM was Apostolic Administrator until 1949 when Rt Rev John Evangelist McBride, OFM was appointed Bishop and remained in office until his resignation in 1978, when Rt Rev. Wilfrid F Napier, OFM was appointed Apostolic Administrator and later Bishop.

With the establishment of the hierarchy in 1951, the diocese of Kokstad came into existence and comprises the magisterial districts of Bizana, Flagstaff, Lusikisiki, Port St John on the left bank of the Umzimvubu River, Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Tabankulu, Mount Currie and Matatiele south of the Kenegha River.
Area: 17 635sq.km.     Total: 1 634 000     Cath.Pop: 81 000

FORMER BISHOPS: Rt Rev Bishop Sigebald Kurz, OFM was consecrated 29 December 1939 as Titular Bishop of Terenati and First Vicar Apostolic of Kokstad. He retired in 1946 and died in Germany in December 1973.

Rt Rev Bishop John Evangelist McBride, OFM was appointed Bishop of Kokstad 2 April 1949. Titular Bishop of Ezani. He was consecrated in Dublin, Ireland, 25 July 1949; enthroned 29 September 1949 and retired June 1978. He died in Dublin, Ireland on 12 February 1991.

Rt Rev Bishop Wilfrid Fox Napier, OFM, Appointed Apostolic Administrator 15 May 1978 and canonically installed 26 June 1978, he was appointed Bishop 15 December 1980. He was ordained 28 February 1981. Transferred, and installed as Archbishop of Durban on 04 October 1992.

Rt Rev Bishop William M. Slattery, OFM, appointed Bishop of Kokstad on 7 December 1993, ordained on 19 February 1994 at Kokstad. Transferred and installed as Archbishop of Pretoria on 30 January, 2011

Rt Rev Bishop Stanislaw Jan Dziuba OSPPE, Bishop of Umzimkulu. Appointed Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Kokstad on 30 January 2011 until 06 May 2013.


Diocesan Administration

Diocesan Chancery: “Holy Cross House”, 107 Hope Street; P0 Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 2239, Fax: 039 727 1151. E-mail: kokstaddiocese@telkomsa.net

Vicar General: Rev. Fr. Lizo Lawrence Nontshe, PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Cell: 0782445296 E-mail: stpatricks@telkomsa.net

Diocesan Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Vincent Bwete, PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 7272446, Cell: 0824571666, E-Mail: bwete@telkomsa.net

Diocesan Consultors: Fr. Lizo Nontshe; Fr. Vincent Bwete; Fr. Mawethu Potolwana OFM, Fr. Silindile Yalezo, Fr Louis Mathew SVD; Fr Sebastian Angu AJ

Diocesan Secretary: Mrs Lorna Wicks, PO Box 65, Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 727 2239 or Tel Home: 039 727 2496. E-Mail: wicklo@telkomsa.net

Financial Administration: Mrs Noella Connor, Cell: 071 2675 039, Fr Vincent Bwete; Fr Lizo L Nontshe.

Diocesan Organisation

Bishops’Lenten Appeal: Fr Louis Mathew SVD, PO Box 65 Kokstad 4700. Tel: 039 251 0219 Cell: 074 863 3132

Catholic Institute of Education: Mr. Anthony Ciro, 0712675039. “Holy Cross” House, PO Box 1688, Kokstad 4700. Tel & Fax: 039 727 1223.

Catholic Schools: Tigervlei, St Paul Franklin; Glen Edward, St Therese, Mbizana; Holy Cross, Flagstaff; Nsimbini, Maria Telgte; St. Mary’s Primary School, Kokstad

Diocesan Vocation Director: Rev Fr Thabang Letsohla.

Diocesan Vocation Committee: Fr. Thabang G. Letsohla; Fr. Silindile Yalezo; Fr. Sihle
Mbele; Fr. Sebastian Angu AJ.

Hospital Chaplains: Usher Memorial, Kokstad Medical Centre, Taylor Bequest, Matatiele,
Mount Frere, Madzikane Ka Zulu; Mount Ayliff, St Patrick’s Bizana, St Elizabeth

Lusikisiki: (Served by Parish Clergy) Holy Cross, Flagstaff, Parish clergy.

Justice and Peace: Fr. Sandile Madotyeni OFM

Judge/Marriage Tribunal: Fr Vincent Bwete, PO Box 65 Kokstad 4700

Prison Chaplains: Prison Desk, Mr Jonathan Meth; PO Box 65 Kokstad, and individual
desks in Matatiele, Mount Frere, Mount Ayliff, Bizana, Lusikisiki.

Representative of South African Council of Priests: Rev Fr Silindile W. Yalezo PO Box
65 Kokstad 4700. Cell: 0824873666, Tel: 039 253 1041.

Vicar for Priests: Fr. Richard Kugbeh-Kasin

Diocesan Commission and Societies

Abantwana baka Maria: Fr Gabriel Thabang Letsohla.

Amadodakazi: Fr Vincent Bwete.

Catechetical Committee: Fr.Lizo L. Nontshe; Sr Nomfuneko Madikizela, Mr Jonathan
Meth, Miss Nombini Mavango, Mrs Cecilia Mentse, Mrs Thokozile Nongalaza and
Kuthala Ngundze

Catholic Boarding School: Maria Telge Mission, PO Box 34, Swartberg 4710.
Tel: 039 747 4452.

Catholic Nurses: Chaplian: Fr. Vincent Bwete.

Catholic Women’s League: Mrs N Connor, Cell: 073 645 2895, Tel: 039 727 2273.

Council of Religious: Sr Christin Gruber.

Couples for Christ: Anthony Marais Kokstad 073 202 7636.

National President: Mr. Keith Sampson 082 458 0964.

Education for Life: Youth Chaplain

Legion of Mary: Fr Thabang Gabriel Letsohla, Catholic Church, Mount Ayliff.

Marriage and the Family: Fr. Richard Okanya A.J.; Mr. Jonathan Meth 079 832 7727;

Masolenyana: Fr. Francis Lemao and Sister Vianney Phirimana.

National Family planning: Vacant

REAP (Rural Education Acess Program): Mrs Patricia Napier Cell: 082 296 9841.

Sacred Heart Sodality: Spiritual Director: Rev Fr Zanemvula Major, Cell: 073 975 0596;
PO Box 1437, Kokstad 4700.

Secular Franciscan Order: Mrs Shangase Cell: 082 599 6641.

St Joseph Sodality: Vacant

Women of St Anne: Spiritual Director: Fr. Mawethu Potolwana, OFM.

Youth: Fr. Sihle Mbhele, PO Box 30, Cedarville 4720. Tel: 039 757 5436.
Cell: 078 163 0250.