Diocese

PATRONS:
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and St Joseph

The Diocese was originally part of the Abbey Nullius of Pietersburg. The Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart took responsibility for it and sent the first four Priests in 1950. This area was constituted the Prefecture Apostolic of Louis Trichardt on 29 December 1962. It was established as the Diocese of Louis Trichardt-Tzaneen by Decree of Pope Paul VI on 16 November 1972. By special Decree from Rome on 29 July 1987, the name of the Diocese was changed to that of the Diocese of Tzaneen.
The boundaries are: Zimbabwe in the North, the Dioceses of Polokwane (Pietersburg) and Witbank in the South, the Kruger National Park and Mozambique in the East, and the Diocese of Polokwane and Botswana in the West. It comprises the District Municipalities of Vhembe and Mopani, and a portion of the District Municipality of Capricorn.
Area: 49 472 sq. km Total Pop: approx. 2,7 million Catholic Population: approx. 45,500

Right Reverend
BISHOP JOÃO NOÉ RODRIGUES

Bishop’s House: 40 Boundary Street, Tzaneen, 0850
E-mail: bishopjoao@mweb.co.za
Cell: 076 467 6637
Tel: (015) 307 1929

ADMINISTRATION
Diocesan Office: Physical Address: 31 Draai Road, Tzaneen, 0850
Postal Address: PO Box 261, Tzaneen, 0850
Tel: (015) 307 5244 Fax: (015) 307 3078
E-mail: tzndioc@mweb.co.za
Vicar General: Very Rev. Fr. Philemon Thobela, 074 224 9053
E-mail: mpthobela@gmail.com
Chancellor: Sr. Sally Duigan OLSH, 071 288 2536
E-mail: sduigan@mweb.co.za
Vice-Chancellor: Sr. Merrilyn Lee OLSH, 083 462 6347
E-mail: merrilyn.lee@mweb.co.za
Financial Officer: Ms. Rozani Jacobs
E-mail: rozani@mweb.co.za

Secretary: Ms. Zarina Kader
E-mail: tzndioc@mweb.co.za
Bookkeeper: Ms. Vimbayi Ndadzibaya
Email: vimbayi83@gmail.com

Website: http://dioceseoftzaneen.org.za

Diocesan Consultors:
Fr. Philemon Thobela, Fr. James Sebastian SVD, Fr. Tom Devoy SPS, Fr. André Bohas MSC, Fr. Frank Gallagher MSC, Fr. George Opio AJ
Diocesan Finance Committee:
Fr. James Sebastian SVD, Ms. Rozani Jacobs, Mr. Albert Machimana & Mr. Mateo Zanetic

Diocesan Pastoral Council:
Chairperson: Mr. Sam Shitlanghu, 082 374 6666
Vice Chairperson: Ms. Rendani Mabaso, 078 804 2963
Secretary: Ms. Johanna Thabathi, 082
Chairpersons of the Parish Pastoral Councils
Tzaneen: Mr. Sam Shitlhangu, 082 374 6666
Dwars River: Mr. Andreas Hamese, 083 347 7877
Giyani: Ms. Rendani Mabaso, 078 804 2963, mabasor@drt.limpopo.gov.za
Makhado: Mr Rufus Luvhimbi, 028 5885829. ravhuyani@gmail.com
Malamulele: Mr. Ephraim Makondo, 082 428 5621
Modjadjiskloof: Mr. Lucas Ramoshaba, 076 847 2241
Musina: Mr. Jutas Nkombesekwa, 072 295 7047, nkombesekwaj@gmail.com
Ngwabitsi: Ms. Audrey Mboweni, 0714068946, audrey.mboweni@labour.gov.za
Nzhelele: Mr. Albert Sinthumule, 0721708820, dsinthumule@yahoo.com
Ofcolaco: Ms. Magdeline Molapo Makgani , 072 227 0605
Olifants River: Mr. Joseph Masete, 078 179 7672
Phalaborwa: Mr. Samuel Shipalana, 0762325772, samuelshipalana@gmail.com
St. Scholastica: Mr. Mabunda, 083 631 5204
Sibasa: Mr. E. Netshiswinzhe, 0839616664

Lenten Appeal: Fr. Philemon Thobela, 074 224 9053
Pontifical Mission Societies: Fr. Benoit Gueye MSC, 072 325 4714

Ave Maria Pastoral and Development Centre:

PO Box 80, Mooketsi, 0825
Tel: (015) 395 2215 Fax: (015) 395 2174
E-mail: avempc@mweb.co.za
Contact Persons: Fr. Tom Devoy SPS, 082 408 5050
Sr. Jane Dalton OLSH, 072 552 0697
Sr. Claudette Hiosan OLSH, 076 570 8843
Ave Maria Conference Centre: PO Box 80, Mooketsi, 0825
Tel: (015) 395 2408 Fax: (015) 395 2174
E-mail: ampcbookings@mweb.co.za
Contact Person: Ms. Mariaan Stopforth, 083 371 9406
Kurisanani Aids Office: PO Box 261, Tzaneen, 0850
Tel & Fax: (015) 307 6363 E-mail: kurisanani@mweb.co.za
Contact Person: Ms. Trish Orr, 083 630 9167

Clinics within the Diocese:
Nzhelele, Sacred Heart Clinic Tel: (015) 973 6662
A.R.T Clinics administered through Kurisanani:
1. Holy Family A.R.T Programme: Motupa
2. Sibasa, St. Joseph’s Community Centre & Clinic: Tel & Fax: (015) 583 0199