News and Events

Interfaith Theological Dialogue

All are welcome to attend this theological dialogue: It will be live-streamed to this Facebook account: and later to a YouTube channel (awaiting link).

Cardinal Brislin’s Mass with the Clergy

Cardinal Stephen Brislin celebrated his election as Cardinal at a special Mass with the clergy of the Archdiocese of Cape Town at Immaculate Conception, Parow on 1st November. Attached below is the homily preached by Fr Robert Bissell.

Appeal for Prayer for Peace

Our Bishops’ Conference call for a united prayer for peace in this letter from our SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka.

Synod Synthesis Report

Below please find the Letter of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God, and the Synod Synthesis Report: A Synodal Church in Mission. Dear sisters, dear brothers, As the proceedings of the first session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops draw to […]

Solemn sung Mass for All Souls day

A Solemn sung Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral on All Souls Day (2 November) at 7 pm.We commemorate all the faithful who have passed on from this earth, and we recognize the great hope we have of resurrection. All are welcome to attend.   Music: Missa Pro Defunctis a4 – VictoriaThou Knowest Lord – PurcellLux aeterna […]

SACC Statement on the situation in the Holy Land

26 October 2023StatementFrom the desk of the General Secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana   REFLECTIONS ON GAZA: FEAR, INSECURITY AND REPRESSION IS NO RECIPE FOR LASTING PEACE The weeks following the incident of 7 October 2023 in Israel have magnified the daily experience of Palestinians in Gaza and Israel. The brutality of the Hamas attack on Israeli families, […]

Most Blessed of all Women

Bishop Sylvester David reflects on Our Lady in the most recent edition of the ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS. You can ready other articles HERE. August was the month when we celebrated the gift of womanhood, so I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the most blessed of all women (cf. Lk 1:42). I will appeal […]

Focus on Vocations

A Vocation Story “It can be confusing”, is usually my go-to response whenever I’m asked what it’s like to discern if God is calling you to the priesthood or religious life. It can be a difficult feeling to describe – and often one can feel a great uneasiness and uncertainty – but there is a […]

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion training

Leaders involved as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion that couldn’t attend training earlier this year are encouraged to join. Please RSVP via the link:

Ministers of Hospitality Training

Those involved in the Hospitality / Ushering / Wardens ministry that couldn’t attend the training earlier this year are encouraged to join. Please RSVP via the link:

Consistory and Thanksgiving Mass videos and homily

For those who didn’t get to see them, here are the videos of the Consistory, at which our Archbishop was made a Cardinal by Pope Francis on 30 September 2023, as well as Cardinal Brislin’s Thanksgiving Mass in St Stephen’s Chapel in the Vatican gardens. Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ […]

Caring for our Common Home

On this feast day of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment, we celebrate the works of God our Creator. As the Season of Creation comes to a close we are encouraged to continue the good work begun during this time – making our earth a common home for all God’s creatures. To […]

Welcome to the Archdiocese of Cape Town.

Archbishop StephenAs the Archbishop of the Mother City of South Africa, of the first ecclesiastical territory to be established in Southern Africa (1818), I welcome you to this website.

It is my hope that it will inform you and provide you with any information you may require regarding this segment of the Catholic Church.

We also provide links with other websites which might interest you. If you require any information not included here, email us and we will do what we can to help.

If you have discovered this page by accident, you are especially welcome and I hope you will find it of some value and maybe help you to understand how the Catholic Church in Cape Town is trying to serve the community and so bring it closer to the Lord.

With my very sincere and best wishes

+Stephen Brislin