COMMUNITIES AND SALESIANS IN THE VICE PROVINCE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (AFM)
The Salesians live in communities that are relatively autonomous, although accountable to the Provincial Superior and his Council. Each community has a Rector who is responsible for the spiritual well being of the members and the implementation of the mission. Decision making happens through House Council meetings.
The community at the Salesian Institute, Cape Town, is the oldest in the Vice-Province and was established in 1910. The solid building is a landmark on Somerset Road, on the corner of Chiappini Street. The present rector is Fr Jeffrey Johnson
Click here to view the Salesian Institute Annual Report 2008.
The community runs several Youth Projects..
Learn to Live consists of an informal school for children up to the age of 16 from shelters as well as from the streets. It also has a few workshops where older youth learn Welding, Carpentry, Panel beating and Leather Work.
The 16+ Outreach programme makes contact with youth on the street in order to win their trust and introduce them to the Hostel programme.
The Don Bosco Hostel accommodates between 25 and 30 youth older than 16 who voluntarily enter an 18 month rehabilitation programme, popularly known as the School of Life, for youth who have spent years on the streets fending for themselves.
Samsung Real Dreams Youth Employment Skills (YES) focuses on skills training for unemployed school leavers.
CAPE TOWN - St Bede (1896) 1926
P.O. Box 870,
8000 South Africa
2 Somerset Road, Cape Town
Tel: 021 425 1424 Community email@example.com
Tel: 021 425 2833 Rector firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 021 425 1450 Office email@example.com
Tel: 021 425 1450 Bursar firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 021 419 1312
Parish; Youth Projects; Learn to Live; 16+ Outreach, Youth Employment Skills, Don Bosco Hostel
Salesian Repository 021 419 9980 email@example.com
Fr Jeffrey Johnson - Rector
Fr Mikel Garmendia - Vice-Rector
Fr Patrick Naughton - Bursar
Br Clarence Watts - Projects Director
Cl Chris Sharpe - Practical Training / Learn-to-Live
Br Peter Simmonds
The Lansdowne Community is situated on Lansdowne Road, along the M5. Here the Salesians established an agricultural school in 1923. The farm was eventually closed in the late 1940’s and moved up to Daleside in Gauteng. The school – Savio College – continued until 1976. Since then part of the former school property has been used for a variety of youthful activities and at the moment it is used by the Santos soccer club.
The parish of Our Lady Help of Christians was established in 1932 and the present church was built in 1960. The parishes of Hanover Park (1972) and Westridge (1977) are also staffed by members of the Lansdowne community. The presentrRector is Fr Edmund O’Neill.
The Life Choices Project, a behaviour change and HIV/Aids education and awareness programme has been run from here since 2004 and Lansdowne is also home to the Provincial Planning and Development Office since 2006.
OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS (1923) 1932
Salesian Community 312 Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne, Cape 7780 Presbytery:
Tel/Fax: 021 696 2903
Rector: 021 6960290
Office: 021 6972455
Parishes; Provincial Planning and Development Office; Life Choices - HIV / AIDS Education Project
Fr Edmund O’Neill1 - Rector/Archdiocese/SPDO
Fr. Marian Kulig2 - pp. Our Lady Help of Christians
Fr Roy Elavungal - Bursar/Parish assistant OLHC
Fr Patrick Lonergan3- pp. Westridge
Fr Eoin Farrelly4- pp. Hanover Park
Fr Bart Walsh5 - pp. Hermanus
Fr Canice Dooley
Fr George Gallagher
Parish Deacon Westridge:
Rev. Mervin Solomons Tel: 082 3739900
1. Episcopal Vicar for Property and Development: The Chancery, 12 Bouquet Street, Cape Town. 8001 firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 312 Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne. Cape. 7780 email@example.com
3.St. John Bosco Catholic Church, P.O. Box 791, Westridge, 7802.
Street Address: 41 Amandel Street, Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain, 7798 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel/Fax: 021 374 7688
4.Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 111 Hanover Park Avenue, Hanover Park. 7780 Tel: 021 692 1375 Fax: 021 691 8048 email@example.com
4.Our Lady of Light Catholic Church, 21 Lord Roberts Road, Hermanus 7200. 028-3122315 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walkerville community (1949), is situated on a farm along the Randvaal Road in the Walkerville district south of Johannesburg. It incorporates the Bosco Youth Centre, which is popular as a conference and retreat centre and is ideal for large groups of youth who love the wide open space and swimming pool. The present rector is Fr Alberto Villalba.
The LoveMatters programme has been offered here for the past six years as a residential behaviour change programme and is popular among schools from all over Johannesburg, with teaching staff reporting noticeable positive changes in the students.
Br. Victor Ndlovu is the chaplain of the excellent Michael Rua Primary and Intermediate School nearby, which had been established for farm children from the area and is now classed as a public school on private property with a Catholic ethos. Being in a rural setting, over 800 learners are bussed there each day.
WALKERVILLE - Don Bosco (1949) 1950
P.O. Box 25,
1873, South Africa
Street Address: Randvaal Road, Walkerville, Gauteng
Tel: 011 949 2360
Fax: 011 949 1022
Bosco Youth Centre; Michaael Rua School; Oratory
Fr Alberto Villalba - Rector
Fr John Coleman - Vice-Rector
Fr. Jacinto Dias - Bursar
Br Mojela Fihlo - YM Team director/YPT
Br Victor Ndlovu - Michael Rua School Chaplain
Cl Raphael Bhembe - Practical Training - Michael Rua School
Fr Ivo Pisacane
The Johannesburg community
(1952) consists of the Robertsham parish
and of Ozanam House
on Nelson Road in Booysens. The Provincial Office
and animating team is based here too. A large portion of the property has been let to the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) to use as their headquarters for almost 25 years. Salesian Missions, comes under the Provincial Office and the office is also based there in Booysens. The current parish priest of Robertsham Parish is Fr John Thompson
and rector of Ozanam House is Fr Eugene Hennessy
Johannesburg - Booysens
ST JOHN BOSCO (1952) 1967
Diocese of Johannesburg
Provincial Office, PO Box 2335, 2135 Southdale
Provincial Office: 011 680 1235
Fax: 011 680 1680
Cell: 083 951 6522
Ozanam House, 66 Nelson Road,
Tel: 011 680 5803
Provincial Residence; Parish; Youth Centre
Fr Eugene Hennessy - Rector
Robert Gore - Bursar
Fr. John Thompson1 - Parish Priest
Fr Emmanuel Kagimbangabo - Student AGL
Fr Francois Dufour - Provincial
Mr Pierre de Villiers 083 408 5454, 011 6822587
Rev David Lavers 011 680 7101
Rev Michael Nolan 011 942 3543
Rev Victor Ho 011 680 3812
1: St John Bosco Catholic Church, PO Box 82654, Southdale, 2135. Street Address:
18 Dorchester Street, Robertsham, 2091.
Tel / Fax: 011 680 3900 or 011 6800007. Email. email@example.com
Johannesburg - Robertsham
1980 St John Bosco Church
Diocese of Johannesburg
Parish – Youth Centre
P.O. Box 82654, Southdale,
2135 South Africa
Tel: 011 680 3900
Fax: 011 680 0007
Fr Jeff Johnson- Parish Priest
Fr. Lawrence McDonnell
The Ennerdale community (2005) is situated on 7th Avenue in Ennerdale. It is now the pre-novitiate for the AFM province. It used to be the Salesian Novitiate until August 2008. Now the Novitiate for the Southern African and Zambian Provinces is located in Zambia. Together with the Salesian Sisters who run the Laura Vicuna in the nearby informal settlement of Finetown, the community are responsible for Developing the Don Bosco Educational Centre in Ennerdale. This Centre has been developed into the Declan Collins Educational Centre and the Laura Vicuna School.
The Ennerdale community is also responsible for the parish of All Saints (1969) where Fr Michael Connell is rector. It consists of three large communities based in Finetown, Lawley and Ennerdale itself.
ENNERDALE: BLESSED MICHAEL RUA (2005)
P.O. Box 287,
1826, South Africa
Tel/Fax: 011 855 5499
Street Address: 105, 7th Ave, Ennerdale, 1830
Parish; Oratory; Don Bosco Educational Projects; Pre-Novitiate
Fr. Michael Connell - Rector
Fr. Pawel Michalowski1 - Vice-Rector/Parish Priest
Fr. Sean McEwen - Bursar/DBEP-DCC Principal
Fr. Mbongiseni Shabangu - Pre-novice Director
Fr. Sean Murphy - Assistant – Lawley/Finetown
Fr Stanislaw Jagodzinski 2- PP – Divine Mercy
1. All Saints Catholic Church. cnr 1st Avenue / Ormson Street, Ennerdale, 1830. Postal Address: All Saints, PO Box 541, Ennerdale, 1826. Tel / Fax: 011 855 1009
2. Divine Mercy Parish, PO Box 378, Walkerville, 1876. Tel: 011 949 1342 Cell: 083 468 6985
The Swaziland community (1953), centres mostly around Manzini, but also includes Malkerns. It is a well established and dynamic community, with primary and secondary schools, 5 residential homes for former street children, Likusasa Lifeskills Centre, Bosco Skills Centre, Bosco Study Centre, together with several other youth projects.
Click here to view a more detailed history of the establishment of Manzini.
Fr Jonathan Daniel is parish priest at Malkerns and Fr Lawrence McDonnell is the present rector of Manzini, while the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians supervise the neighbouring high school for girls.
Diocese of Manzini
(1982) St John Bosco
Don Bosco House,
P.O. Box 391,
Swaziland - Southern Africa
Main Road, Mahlanya, Malkerns, Swaziland
Tel: 00 268 528 3545
Primary School, Oratory, High Schools, Parish
Fr Jonathan Daniels - Incaricato / Parish
Fr Moeketsi Khetla - Schools / Oratory
Mr Leonard Shongwe - 00 268 760 54837.
Mary Help of Christians (1953) 1967
Diocese of Manzini
P.O. Box 3286,
Swaziland – Southern Africa
Street Address: Salesian High School, Sandlane Street, Manzini
Rector: 00 268
Community: 00 268 2505 2020.
Schools: Salesian High & Salesian Primary; Manzini Youth Care: Zakhele home for school leavers, Fairview for school going boys, Enjabulweni home and school, Manzini Skills Centre; Bosco Study Centre & Business Centre; Manzini Youth Centre & Oratory; SAPPAS; Centre for Technical Training; Educational Re-Integration; Sikhunyane, Ngwane Park, McCorkindales
Fr Lawrence McDonnell - Rector / Director MYC
Fr Bonginkosi Nhleko - Schools’ Chaplain
Fr Hugh Boyle - Bursar
Br John Bhutana Thusi - Salesian High / MYC
Br Marko Mhara - Assistant Director / MYC
Fr. Joseph Nguyen - Aspirants
Fr Peter Doherty
Fr John Mehers
Mr Petros Horton - 00 268 760 40531.
The Lesotho community in Maputsoe (1980) is situated on the border of South Africa near Ficksburg. The Community is responsible for St Luke’s Parish – one of the largest missions in the diocese of Leribe. There are pre-schools, primary and high schools which are animated in partnership with the Salesian Sisters, who also run the Mazzarello Craft Centre where girls with less academic aptitude learn sewing and tailoring skills. The present rector and parish priest of St Luke's is Fr Joy Sebastian.
The community is also responsible for a large oratory. Salesians at the invitation of the Archbishop,have established a new presence in Maseru. The current vice rector is Fr Dino Miotto and parish priest is Fr Tumelo Pone.
MAPUTSOE - St Luke (1980) 1982
St Luke’s Salesian,
P.O. Box 85,
Community: 00 266 22 430308
Rector: 083 2079991
Fax: 00 266 22 430 596
St Luke’s Salesian Mission
P.O. Box 585 , 9730, Ficksburg, RSA
St Luke's Mission, Sir Seretse Khama Road, Maputsoe, Lesotho
Parish; Oratory; Aspirantate; Pre-school; Primary and High Schools
Fr Joy Sebastian - Rector / Parish Priest
Fr Victor Kyanga - Bursar
Dc Vincent Quang
St Boniface High: Ms Alina Mohape 00 266 585 29415
St Luke's Primary: Ms Mary Lebeko
Mrs Lucy Mankoe
Sacred Heart Parish,
Fr Dino Miotto - Vice-Rector
Fr Tumelo Pone - Parish Priest
Fr Peter Nguyen - Oratory / Youth Centre
Abiya High School - Principal: Sr Alexius:
00 266 588 55155