ARCHDIOCESE OF BLOEMFONTEIN

Predecessors
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)

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.