News and Events

Report Back from APC meeting Nov 2014

Archbishop Stephen Brislin gave us a wonderful overview of the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in Rome.  His power point presentation and a short video of the event can be downloaded at the link below. Fr Hugh O Connor gave us an in-depth workshop on the Child Safeguarding Policy and discussion followed on the most effective way […]

Holy Childhood Mass

Archbishop Stephen Brislin celebrated the Holy Childhood Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lansdowne on Saturday 25 October 2014.

Crime and Family Life

by Frances Correia The murder of Senzo Meyiwa is front page news, and dominating social media. His shocking death has stunned us as a nation. Here is a young man who was a symbol of hope and an inspiration for many other young South Africans. His tragic death reminds us all of the reality we […]

Archbishop Brislin: Synod finding new ways to help families

Below is a transcript of an interview Archbishop Brislin gave to Vatican Radio.   (Vatican Radio) The concerns and the challenges of the family in Southern Africa have been brought to the Synod arena by the Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin, who is also the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). […]

Family Synod: What will be thwarted?

by Fr Russell Pollitt, SJ “Synod assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas; or to see who is more intelligent,” Pope Francis said last Sunday at the opening mass of the Synod on the Family. This Synod is important and is being watched closely by people from all walks of life, not […]

Holy Childhood Mass

Below please find a letter and poster giving details of the upcoming Holy Childhood Mass

Spred-ing the Good News

Below are some pictures of the SPRED annual Mass of Thanksgiving which was celebrated by chaplain Fr Mark Foster at St John’s, Maitland on Saturday 20 September 2014 SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a catechesis specially designed for the disabled. Photos by Stephen Engelbrecht.  

Ecclesia Youth video

Attached is an introductory video for Ecclesia: Brave New Church for Youth and Young Adults. Themes: 1. Fearless Love 2. Renew the Face of the Earth 3. An Instrument of Transformation 4. If you suffer, I suffer 5. Sisters and brothers on a journey 5. We are all Africans.

Cape Town’s oldest priest dies

Monsignor Anthony Seba (14 November 1912–2 September 2014) died peacefully at Nazareth House, Cape Town and was buried from Christ the King Church in Pinelands on 9 September 2014. The Requiem Mass was presided over by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, and Fr Hugh O’Connor preached the homily. The funeral was well attended by priests of the […]

Missionaries of Charity

On Saturday, September 6th, Archbishop Brislin celebrated a Feast Day Mass with the Missionaries of Charity at their convent in Khayelitsha. Below are some photos of the occasion, kindly sent by Jessica Dewhurst, co-ordinator of the Umoya Project on behalf of the Edmund Rice Network. Archbishop Brislin also visited the project.  

Launch of new Ecclesia season at Springfield

Below are some pics of the launch of our new Ecclesia season: Brave New Church, held at Springfield Convent, Wynberg on Saturday 30th August 2014. After registration at 08.30 the day began with a brief introduction to the structure of the day, an opening liturgy (with liturgical dancers), and an introduction to the new season by […]

Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom

by Raymond Perrier. It’s a bit unusual to start these weekly commentaries with a quote from the Communist leader Mao Tse Tung.  But it seemed appropriate since in these weeks – for those of you who live in cities and have not noticed – South Africa is entering into springtime and soon, all across the […]

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.

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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