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Diocese of Witbank

Dioecesis Vitbankensis

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General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Name Changed: 10 November 1987
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Johannesburg
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelization
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: South Africa
  • Square Kilometers: 56,886 (21,972 Square Miles)
  • Description: Barberton, Belfast, Carolina, Kamhlushwa, Lydenburg, Mapulaneng, Mhala, Middelburg, Nebo, Nelspruit, Nsikazi, Pilgrim’s Rest, Sekhukhune, Waterval-Boven, White River, Witbank, and portions of Eerstehoek and Groblersdal
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 651, 13 Elizabeth Ave., Witbank 1035, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Telephone: (013)656.68.27
  • Fax: (086)685.51.76

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Lydenburg
12 June 1923ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Transvaal (Eastern Transvaal (Mpumalanga)) Prefecture Apostolic of Lydenburg (erected) (Lydenburg, Barbeton, Carolina, Middelburg, Béthal, Ermelo, Piet Retief, WaMerstroom, and Standerton)
13 July 1938Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Eshowe (Tongaland)
Prefecture Apostolic of Lydenburg (Piet Retief)
Prefecture Apostolic of Swaziland
Vicariate Apostolic of Lydenburg
9 December 1948ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Lydenburg Vicariate Apostolic of Lydenburg
Diocese of Lydenburg
11 January 1951ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Lydenburg Diocese of Lydenburg
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 Lydenburg-Witbank
13 September 1964Name ChangedDiocese of Lydenburg Diocese of Lydenburg-Witbank
Diocese of Witbank
10 November 1987Name ChangedDiocese of Lydenburg-Witbank Diocese of Witbank
5 June 2007Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Witbank (from Pretoria)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Lydenburg
Diocese of Lydenburg
Diocese of Lydenburg-Witbank
Diocese of Witbank

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Prefecture Apostolic of Lydenburg
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 15, Page 492, and Page 493
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Lydenburg
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 41, Page 167, and Page 168
  • Diocese of Lydenburg
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 43, Page 257, to Page 263
  • Diocese of Witbank
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 80, Page 1,038, and Page 1,039
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 99, Page 582, and Page 583
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