Benedict Daswa Cause

Promoting the Cause for the Beatification of


Greetings in the grace of Christ from Tzaneen.

Re: Cause of the Servant of God, Benedict Daswa

I am pleased to give you an update on the recent developments concerning the Cause of the Servant of God. At the moment we are in the process of obtaining the plot for the development of the Benedict Daswa Pilgrimage Site in the Thulamela Municipality We are deeply grateful to the following Dioceses who contributed towards our appeal for the purchase of the plot: The Archdioceses of Cape Town and Johannesburg, the Dioceses of Dundee, Francistown, Kimberley, Witbank and the Vicariate Apostolic of Ingwavuma and the generous donation from Bishop –emeritus Fritz Lobinger.

Father Lucio is completing his work on the Positio document in Rome on our behalf. We are hoping to have it published by the end of this year. An Official copy is to be presented to the Roman Congregation for the Cause of Saints, and other copies – in summary form – will be presented to all the Bishops of SACBC Region as well some member churches of the SACC. The cost for the printing and publication of the Positio is estimated to be around Euro10 000.00 (R100 000.00+) which is the responsibility of the Tzaneen Diocese.

This year we have set up a desk in our Diocesan Office for the promotion of the Cause. This has added to our financial burden. I have appointed Sister Claudette Hiosan fdnsc as Promoter and Secretary for this desk. It is my belief that this Cause really belongs to the SACBC Region in line with the conviction of the Post-Synodal Exhortation, Africae Munus (# 114), which encourages us to recognise those who could be canonised according to the norms of the Church. Your financial contribution would be an encouraging sign of your sharing in the common hope for the beatification of the first martyr in the Catholic Church of Southern Africa. Please contact us at

God bless you and may Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us and the Cause.

+ Bishop Joao Rodrigues                                         (Sr) Claudette Hiosan (Promoter)

The particulars of the special Bank Account for the Cause are:

Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa

Branch: 052749

Name of Account: Diocese of Tzaneen: Benedict Daswa Cause

Account Number: 330911538

Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ