Roman Catholic Diocese of Tzaneen

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Diocese of Tzaneen

Dioecesis Tzaneensis
CountrySouth Africa
Area49,472 km2 (19,101 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
49,543 (2.3%)
RiteLatin Rite
Current leadership
BishopJoao Noe Rodrigues

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tzaneen (Latin: Tzaneen(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Tzaneen in the Ecclesiastical province of Pretoria in South Africa.


  • December 27, 1962: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Louis Trichardt from the Territorial Prelature of Pietersburg
  • November 16, 1972: Promoted as Diocese of Louis Trichardt – Tzaneen
  • July 18, 1987: Renamed as Diocese of Tzaneen

Special churches[edit]

  • The cathedral is Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (1954)

Patron saints of the diocese are:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and St. Joseph

Blessed Benedict Daswa,first Catholic martyr recognized by Catholic Church in Southern Africa was beatified on 13 September 2015 in parish of Thohoyandou,the Diocese of Tzaneen.


  • Bishops of Diocese of Tzaneen (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Joao Noe Rodrigues(since 2010.01.28 appointed 2010.04.18 ordained)
    • Bishop Hugh Patrick Slattery, M.S.C. (since 1984.06.22-2010.01.28)
    • Bishop John Thomas Durkin M.S.C. (1972.11.16 – 1984.06.22)
  • Prefects Apostolic of Louis Trichardt (Roman rite)
    • Bishop John Thomas Durkin, M.S.C. (1963.02.15 – 1972.11.16)

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Coordinates: 23°50′00″S 30°10′00″E / 23.8333°S 30.1667°E / -23.8333; 30.1667