Archdiocesan Theology Course 2023

Dear Bishops, Priests, Deacons and PPC Chairpersons 

The Archdiocesan Theology Course will begin again in February 2023. This will be Year Two of the three-year cycle of theology lectures in the programme, which in its totality aims to give a grounding in the fundamentals of Catholic Theology. Participants are welcome to start the course in any year of the three-year cycle. 

The series of lectures is outlined below. These lectures will be offered via Zoom again this year. 

This course is aimed at those who are involved in parish ministry, particularly Catechism and RCIA teaching, but it is also suited for those involved in the different aspects of the Liturgy and those who assist in pastoral work such as counselling, marriage preparation and baptism preparation. The course is also ideal for those who are seeking to broaden and deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith. Those who are at the very beginning stages of discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate are also encouraged to participate in the course. This course will equip participants for more effective pastoral ministry in their home parishes. 

Please promote this course among your fellow parishioners and ask them to register via the Google form link. We look forward to a fruitful and exciting start to the Theology Course in 2023. 

Please use the following link to register for the course: 

The form contains all the registration information and details of subscription fees. 

Those needing assistance with registering via the Google form, or with other queries, should email us on 

In Christ, 

Fr Zane Godwin 
Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Development 
Archdiocese of Cape Town 

Ministry for a Synodal Church

Calling all parishes to be represented at our Ministries Morning of Formation and Reflection on 29 January at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Lansdowne. Three members from each parish are welcome to attend in person and others involved in parish ministries can participate online via Zoom.

Archbishop Brislin will give the keynote address on Ministry for a Synodal Church. This will be followed by discussion groups, in person in the parish hall, and in breakaway rooms on Zoom. This will conclude the online part of the programme, but those present in person will go on to be part of Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Bishop Sylvester, ending with a prayer of commissioning for ministry.

To RSVP to attend in person or via Zoom, please complete the form via the link below by 20 January.

Catholics united for the 2021 Season of Creation

A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted. This compromises the very meaning of our struggle for the sake of the environment. It is no coincidence that, in the canticle in which Saint Francis praises God for his creatures, he goes on to say: “Praised be you my Lord, through those who give pardon for your love”. Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society. – Laudato Si’

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Document on Human Fraternity

This livestreamed interfaith event on theological dialogue and practical ethics, hosted by the Catholic Church in Cape Town and the Ahlulbait Mosque in Ottery, took place at St Mary of the Angels Church, Athlone on 12 October at 7.30 pm. Presented by Fr Chris Clohessy (from Rome) and chaired by Fr Peter-John Pearson.