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Diocese of Mariannhill

Dioecesis Collis Mariae seu Mariannhillensis

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  • Neil Augustine Frank, O.M.I., Bishop
  • Pius Mlungisi Dlungwane, Bishop Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Elevated: 11 January 1951
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Durban
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: South Africa
  • Square Kilometers: 12,612 (4,871 Square Miles)
  • Description: comprise Districts of Ixopo, Impendle, Richmond, Umzinto, Umbumbulu, parts of Port Shepstone, Camperdown and Pinetown, Polela and Underberg
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Bishop's House, 2 Khanyisa Rise, P.O. Box 11001, Mariannhill 3624, South Africa
  • Telephone: (031)700-2704
  • Fax: 700-5600

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill
10 September 1921ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Natal Vicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill (erected)
5 December 1924Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Natal (Welbedacht, Mariannhill, and Darrehoék) Vicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill
30 March 1930Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill (Southern region) Prefecture Apostolic of Umtata (erected)
8 April 1935Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill (Bizana, Flagstaff, Lusikisiki, Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Tabankulu, Mount Currie, and part of Matatiele) Prefecture Apostolic of Mount Currie (erected)
Diocese of Mariannhill
11 January 1951ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill Diocese of Mariannhill
21 February 1954Territory LostDiocese of Mariannhill (Uinzimkulu and Alfred and Underberg, Polela, and Port Shepstone (parts south of the river Umzimkulu)) Diocese of Umzimkulu (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill
Diocese of Mariannhill

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Vicariate Apostolic of Mariannhill
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 17, Page 63, and Page 64
  • Diocese of Mariannhill
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 43, Page 257, to Page 263


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