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Diocese of Manzini

Dioecesis Manziniensis

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General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Name Changed: 7 November 1961
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Johannesburg
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: eSwatini
  • Square Kilometers: 17,000 (6,566 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Bishop's House, P.O. Box 19, Sandlane St., Manzini M200, eSwatini
  • Telephone: 355.00.784
  • Fax: 250.54.876

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Swaziland
19 April 1923ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Natal (Swaziland) Prefecture Apostolic of Swaziland (erected)
13 July 1938Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Eshowe (Tongaland)
Prefecture Apostolic of Lydenburg (Piet Retief)
Prefecture Apostolic of Swaziland
Vicariate Apostolic of Swaziland
15 March 1939ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Swaziland Vicariate Apostolic of Swaziland
Diocese of Bremersdorp
11 January 1951ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Swaziland Diocese of Bremersdorp
23 June 1958Territory LostDiocese of Bremersdorp (Piet Retief)
Archdiocese of Durban (Newcastle, Utrecht, Dundee, Klip Eivier, Helpmekaar, and parts of Msinga, Weenan, and Bergville north of Tugela river)
Diocese of Lydenburg (Ermelo, Bethal, Standerton, Volksrust, Amersfoort, and Wakkerstroom)
Prefecture Apostolic of Volksrust (erected)
Diocese of Manzini
7 November 1961Name ChangedDiocese of Bremersdorp Diocese of Manzini
12 November 1962Territory LostDiocese of Eshowe (Hlabisa and Portions of Ubombo)
Diocese of Manzini (Ingwavuma and Portions of Ubombo)
Prefecture Apostolic of Ingwavuma (erected)
5 June 2007Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Manzini (from Pretoria)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Swaziland
Diocese of Bremersdorp
Diocese of Manzini

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Prefecture Apostolic of Swaziland
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 15, Page 201, and Page 202
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 30, Page 348, and Page 349
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Swaziland
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 31, Page 216, and Page 217
  • Diocese of Bremersdorp
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 43, Page 257, to Page 263
  • Diocese of Manzini
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 53, Page 739
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 99, Page 582, and Page 583


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