News and Events


The Catholic Bishops of Botswana, eSwatini and South Africa (SACBC) were in Rome for their Ad Limina Visit from Monday, June 12 to June 17. The Bishops, together with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM and the SACBC Secretariate, met with officials from the various departments and offices in the Roman Curia. They also celebrated Masses at […]

Fazenda da Esperança opens in Elsie’s River

FROM AD NEWS 2 OF 2023: A wonderful day of celebration was had on 13th May as Archbishop Stephen Brislin officially opened the Fazenda da Esperança Rehabilitation Centre in Elsie’s River. It was the perfect day for the opening of a centre for women (and their children), coinciding with the feast of Our Lady of […]


This article is a follow up to the Parish Culture Survey to help parishes purposefully create a positive culture inspired by the Holy Spirit. Church culture matters. It can make or break your church, vision, mission, and strategy plans. Culture is formed by values derived from our apostolic mission and purpose of evangelisation. Culture can be defined as “the way we do things around here”.

Winter Living Theology 2023

The Best Seller of All Time: The Bible. Where does it come from and why do we need it? presented by Fr David Neuhaus SJ at St Francis Xavier Seminary, Athlone from 13-15 July. More information can be found at: Bookings can be made at: Fr David will also do an evening talk […]

Archdiocesan News 2 of 2023

HOT OFF THE DIGITAL PRESS: In this edition: Celebrating the Joy of Life and Ministry; Book Launch – Reluctant Prophet – Tributes to Albert Nolan OP; Youth Events and Ministry; Salesian Youth Retreats; Pilgrimage from Kommetjie to Schoenstatt; Fazenda da Esperanca opens in Elsie’s River; Catechetics – Snapshots from our workshops and events; Justice & […]

Evangelisation through a Lens Photo Competition

Good afternoon Brothers and Sisters, We are excited to announce our second annual Evangelisation Through A Lens Photo Competition, where we invite photographers from South Africa, Botswana, and Eswatini to submit high-resolution photographs that are suitable for inclusion in the Pontifical Mission Societies 2024 Liturgical Calendar. The theme of the competition is “Evangelisation – A […]

PARISH ALIVE Leadership Webinar / Getting the most out of your Parish Culture Survey

Join us on THURSDAY, MAY 25 at 7:00 pm on ZOOM.
All Priests, PPC Chairs and one other member from PPC are invited to join this PARISH ALIVE Leadership Webinar to unpack the recent Parish Culture Survey done in all parishes. The agenda covers learning more about how to make the most out of the survey results in each of the parishes.
Please click to register.

Caritas Parish Programme Support

FROM AD NEWS 1 OF 2023: Caritas Cape Town (CCT) provides advisory, capacity-building and, where necessary, financial support to effectively aid parishes of the Archdiocese of Cape Town to initiate welfare and development programs or projects in their local communities. In August 2022, CCT and the parishes of St Ignatius, Claremont and St Bernard’s, Newlands […]

Renewing our Parishes

FROM THEOLOGY TODAY IN AD NEWS 1 OF 2023: The new PPC Statutes promulgated a year ago by Archbishop Brislin were intended to facilitate an implementation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Plan (2019) at grassroots level. The defining aspect of these statutes is the promotion of a team of leaders in different pastoral […]

Becoming Christ’s companions, learners and ambassadors

FOCUS ON VOCATIONS, IN AD NEWS 1 OF 2023: As seminarians we feel called by Christ to be his companions, learners and ambassadors. For a seminarian this is formed in us by the four pillars of our priestly formation: spiritual, intellectual, human and pastoral. Every semester begins with a seven-day guided retreat. It is a […]

Archbishop’s Homily at the Mass of the Holy Oils

Attached below is Archbishop Stephen Brislin’s homily at the Mass of the Oils at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lansdowne on Thursday 6 April 2023.  “Grace to you and peace from Jesus Christ the faithful witness” – these are the opening words of the Second Reading of today’s Mass from the Book of Revelation. […]

From the Book

As we come towards the end of the season of Lent, it might be helpful to reflect on Bishop Sylvester David’s reflection from his column in the most recent edition of the Archdiocesan News: Lent as a gracious gift from God Some have been accustomed to seeing Lent as a dry season filled with gloom. […]

PARISH ALIVE – Update on Parish Survey

4 April 2023 Dear Parish Priests and PPC Chairpersons, This is just a quick communication to update everyone on the status of the Parish Alive Parish Surveys. At the APC meeting on 4 March, I reported that the surveys would be sent to all parishes in April. I just wanted to give you a little […]

Catholic Bible Foundation

The Board of the Catholic Bible Foundation invites applications for the position of Director. Please see the attached requirements below.

From the Heart

ARCHBISHOP BRISLIN SPEAKS TO US – FROM AD NEWS 1 OF 2023: Lent is a most blessed season of the Church. It is associated with abstaining, fasting, works of charity and a renewal of prayer life. We are called to make a special effort to sacrifice and to repent of our sinfulness. Erroneously, this can […]

Parish Alive – the way forward for Parishes

WHERE TO START? On the 26th January Father Zane Godwin and I held a Zoom session for parish priests and PPC chairpersons. We asked them to complete a quick survey to see how far down the Parish Alive road they had journeyed. The survey covered four areas: 1. Setting a parish vision 2. Appointment of portfolio […]

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