The Holy Father Francis, has appointed on 6th of May 2013 Fr ZOLILE PETROS MPAMBANI SCJ as Bishop of Kokstad. Fr Zolile before his appointment was the parish priest of St Francis in Aliwal North, the provincial superior of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ) and the member of the College of Consultors for the diocese of Aliwal.
Born on 20 February 1957 in Umlali, he made his profession on 28 January 1982 and was ordained a priest on 25 April 1987. He has worked in various parishes in the diocese of Aliwal and served in various positions of responsibility in his congregation especially in formation and leadership.
The Catholic Church of Kokstad Diocese with joyful hearts announces to all that we have celebrated the ORDINATION to EPISCOPATE of our new BISHOP on 3rd of August 2013 at 10:00 at Kokstad College Grounds.
He has had the INGRESS to Cathedral of St Patrick in Kokstad on 4th of August 2013.
We welcome you to this website of the Diocese of Kokstad. The Diocese of Kokstad is on the Eastern coast of South Africa, stretching from the mountains of Lesotho at 9000ft and plunging to the Indian Ocean.
The area of the Diocese is 18 000 square km, and the population is estimated at 1.5 million. It is a diocese of few towns and many rural villages. The languages spoken are Xhosa (75%), Sotho (20%) and English (5%).
The first resident priest came to Kokstad in 1884 to minister in a church built by the Irish soldiers of the Cape Mounted Rifles. Thus the Cathedral and the Diocese are under the patronage of St. Patrick.