Iindaba # 003

SEPTEMBER 1994 1.At the South African Bishops meeting in Mariannhill,3rd- 11th of August, special time was set aside for consideration of Seminary problems. One problem is that the Seminary of St Francis Xavier in Cape Town can only accommodate 30 students. Last year already the applications exceeded this number, so there is a question of finding adequate […]

Iindaba # 002

29th JUNE 1994. 1.It is with great joy that we welcome Father Giorgio MCCJ who has come to the Diocese and taken up residence in Mount Frere. At the moment Giorgio is learning “Xhosa”. Benvenuto ! 2.Vocations Committee: Congratulations to the Vocations committee on organizing an excellent week-end for Diocesan vocations at Mount Frere. I thank the committee and Father […]

Talk on Saint Francis

Franciscan Theology of the Eucharist Devotion to Jesus Christ was the passion of the life of St Francis of Assisi.  He saw the Eucharist as a unique meeting-place with Christ where he came as near as it was possible to see and touch Him.  Thomas of Celano who knew St Francis and wrote the life […]


Bridge of Peace People of two neighbouring villages who had not dared to visit each other for two months since 16 men were killed in an inter village faction fight were re-united in a Church service for peace on Easter Tuesday. Organised by the Ministers of the Roman Catholic and Dutch Reformed churches in Mount […]

Poor Clares in Kokstad

Five Poor Clare sisters from the monastery of Lusaka, Zambia, arrived in Kokstad on November the 8th to establish a new monastery. A four day journey by road brought them to their home “Santa Chiara”. The sisters are Sister Intulo, Luwa, Maria-Coletta, Mdzakazi, and Mary and they come from Zambia and Malawi to open the first Poor […]

Our Lenten Journey

We begin the season of Lent with ashes on our foreheads. To put on ashes, to sit on ashes, is to say publicly and to ourself that you are reflective, in a penitential mode, that this is not “ordinary time” for you, that you are grieving some of the things you have done or lost, […]


21st January 2010 1.     We have a web-site. It is . Open this web-site and you will find news of the diocese including the Iindaba and all other issues from the very beginning. You will find your mission and photographs. The Bishop’s e-mail address is . You will find this on the web-site […]

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

On February 27 the Catholics of Kokstad took to the streets to celebrate the 85 years of their cathedral church. Accompanied by drum majorettes, floats representing spiritual themes, choirs, drama groups and a great concourse of    singing flagbearers and public the Catholics of Kokstad gave thanks to God for His presence among them for so […]

Welcome To The Diocese Of Kokstad

Bishop Xolelo T KumaloAs the Bishop of the Diocese of Kokstad in South Africa, I welcome you to this website.

It is my hope that it will inform you and provide you with any information you may require regarding this segment of the Catholic Church.

We also provide links with other websites which might interest you. If you require any information not included here, email us and we will do what we can to help.

If you have discovered this page by accident, you are especially welcome and I hope you will find it of some value and maybe help you to understand how the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Kokstad is trying to serve the community and so bring it closer to the Lord.

With my very sincere and best wishes

+Bishop Zolile Petros Mpambani