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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.

New Bishop elect for Aliwal North Diocese

His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed Msgr. Joseph Kizito, as the Bishop of Aliwal North in South Africa.

Msgr. Joe Kizito has been a Vicar General for the Diocese of Aliwal North for many years. He has been also in the forefront in helping the stateless children in the Diocese of Aliwal North acquire identity documents so that they could access education.

Diocese of Aliwal North has been Vacant for many years after the resignation of Bishop Michael Wüstenberg in 2017.

Let us remember Msgr Kizito during this time of his preparation to lead the Diocese of Aliwal North.