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“THE PURSUIT OF COMMON GOOD MUST BE THE PRIMARY GOAL” The Jesuit Institute South Africa joins the chorus of voices from all sectors of South African society expressing serious concern over the removal of Nhlanha Nene as the country’s Minister of Finance. This move, announced by President Jacob Zuma, spells disaster for the stability of […]

Concert in a Convent Garden

Celebrating the richness of Music and Voice, Concert in a Convent Garden will take place on 31 January 2016 at 17.30 in the gardens of Springfield Convent in Wynberg. It will take the form of an outdoor picnic concert in the late afternoon where you can enjoy a glass of wine and delicacies from the […]

The Jubilee of Mercy

“Live God’s Mercy so that the Church is Credible!” 8 December 2015 The Catholic Church throughout the world formally begins the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy today, 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Francis invites the whole Church to refashion itself as a place not of judgment or condemnation but of pardon and […]

Pope Francis: A Pilgrim of Peace

At the beginning of the week Pope Francis ended a six-day apostolic visit to our continent. He visited Kenya, Uganda and the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). In all three countries large numbers turned out, lining streets – often rows deep – to see the Pope. Pope Francis is the first pope in living memory […]

Implementation of Child Safeguarding Policy at APC

The Child Safeguarding Policy of the Archdiocese of Cape Town was implemented by Archbishop Stephen Brislin at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) on Saturday 21st November 2015. Attached for download is a PDF of the Child Safeguarding Policy itself, together with a presentation and supplements discussed at the meeting.

Archbishop Brislin on the 2015 Synod

This article on the 2015 Synod was written by Archbishop Stephen Brislin for the Sunday Argus on 29 October 2015. “God did not create the human being to live in sadness or to be alone, but for happiness, to share his path with another person that is complementary”. These words of Pope Francis at the […]

Investiture into Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre

On Sunday 8 November 2015, 29 people (including a priest and two deacons) were invested by Archbishop Stephen Brislin into the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Sea Point. Archbishop Brislin is the prior of the Order in southern Africa. The Knights […]

Sacred Heart donation to Building Fund

On 11 November 2015, the Sacred Heart Society of the Archdiocese of Cape Town presented Archbishop Stephen Brislin with a cheque for R20 000 towards the Archbishop’s Building Fund. With him is Fr Nkululeko Qokolo, chaplain to the Sacred Heart Society.


A Statement by the Jesuit Institute. The Jesuit Institute South Africa, seeing education as critical to the betterment of our society, supports the rights of students to peacefully protest against the high and rapidly rising cost of Tertiary Education which excludes the poor, working class and even sections of the middle class. The rights to […]

Archdiocesan News 4 of 2015

In this edition: Snapshots of Daswa Beatification; World Day of Prayer for Creation; Prison Care; Don Bosco Bicentenary; a pilgrimage to Keimoes-Upington; Br Laurence Morrison RIP; St Joseph’s Home celebrates 80 years; Year of Mercy Programme for a Parish Mission Retreat; 2015 Second Collection totals; Fr Basil van Rensburg; 100 days of Social Action.

Attending the Family Synod in Rome

The Synod on the Family is now well underway in Rome. The streets are full of tourists. For many of them the excitement of being in the city is amplified when, twice a day, prelates dressed in red and purple walk to the Vatican. They’re heading to the Paul VI Synod Hall for the daily […]

Promulgation of Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy

The Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Child Safeguarding Policy was promulgated by Archbishop Stephen Brislin on 1 October 2015, the feast of St Therese of Lisieux. The application of this policy is mandatory throughout the Archdiocese of Cape Town. The policy is downloadable here both as a reading document and as a printable booklet.

Homo Naledi: Evolution and God

‘When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we risk imagining that God was a magician, with such a magic wand as to be able to do everything. However it was not like that… And thus creation went forward for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia until it became what we know today, in […]

Letter from Archbishop Brislin

Attached is letter 3 of 2015 from the office of Archbishop Brislin, plus a Pastoral Statement from the SACBC on the Synod on the Family, and a prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod.

Music Festival

A music festival will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral from September 28 to 4 October 2015. Funds raised will be in aid of the Archbishop’s Year of Faith Building Fund. See details in the attachment below.

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