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Archdiocese of Maseru

Archidioecesis Maseruenus

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  • Gerard Tlali Lerotholi, O.M.I., Archbishop
  • Bernard Mohlalisi, O.M.I., Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 3 January 1961
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Lesotho
  • Square Kilometers: 7,739 (2,989 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 267, 19 Orpen Rd., Maseru 100, Lesotho
  • Telephone: 31.25.65
  • Fax: 31.04.25

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Basutoland
8 May 1894ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Kimberley in Orange Prefecture Apostolic of Basutoland (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Basutoland
18 February 1909ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Basutoland Vicariate Apostolic of Basutoland
Diocese of Maseru
11 January 1951ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Basutoland Diocese of Maseru
11 December 1952Territory LostDiocese of Maseru Diocese of Leribe (erected)
3 January 1961Territory LostDiocese of Maseru Diocese of Qacha’s Nek (erected)
Archdiocese of Maseru
3 January 1961ElevatedDiocese of Maseru Archdiocese of Maseru
10 November 1977Territory LostArchdiocese of Maseru Diocese of Mohale’s Hoek (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Basutoland
Diocese of Maseru
Archdiocese of Maseru

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


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