Archdiocese of Cape Town

The German-Speaking Catholic Community is supported by the German Bishops' Conference (Deutsche Bischofskonferenz) who also appoints our local pastoral workers; however, we are also part of the Archdiocese of Cape Town. 



Stephen Brislin is the current Archbishop of Cape Town. He began his service on 2. Febuary, 2010. His predecessor was the late Lawrence Patrick Henry, who was Archbishop between 1990 until his retirement in 2010.




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Tel.                       +27 (0) 21 462 2417

Fax.                      +27 (0) 21 461 9330

Address:               Cathedral Place, 12 Bouquet Street, Cape Town, 8001

Postal Address:   PO Box 2910, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa


A brief 200 years History

In June 2017 began the launch of the Bi- centennial Year.

In June 2018 Catholics in Southern Africa will celebrate the bi-centenary of the establishment of the Catholic Church in the region of Southern Africa.

From the time of the discovery of the Cape, ecclesiastical jurisdiction over it belonged to the Portuguese mission under the authority of the king of Portugal. After the establishment of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape in 1652, the practice of the Catholic religion was de facto prohibited.

With the admission of the Catholic Church by the colonial authorities in 1805 and after clarifying difficulties with the Holy See, Pope Pius VII established the Vicariate Apostolic of the Cape of Good Hope in 1818, which included the nearby regions to the East and North.

On 11 January 1951 Pope Pius XII established by Papal Bull the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in the Union of South Africa and set up the New Ecclesiastical Province of Cape Town, it includes the Archdiocese of Cape Town and the suffragan sees of Aliwal, Oudtshoorn, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown and De Aar.

Currently the German Speaking Catholic Community is one of 11 migrant communities in the Cape. Currently we are vacant and are led by the parish council, the finance committee and pastoral worker. We endeavor to work with the Archdiocese of Cape Town.

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About us

The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community.