Parishes where Oblates are assigned: 



Hall at Emmaus

Emmaus Church J Section Botshabelo

Emmaus Catholic Church
J Section Botshabelo

Fr Brian Ievers OMI, Parish Priest,

Emmaus Catholic Church has been leading the way with self-sustainablility. They have built meeting rooms and a hall over a period of 8years from the parish's own resources and with their own labour.

This programme has been so successful that they extended their reach to establishing a new parish in the F Section. Following the same formula of contribution and own labour they have already built a hall there.

Contact - Fr Brian Ievers OMI


Fr Swords 

Pastoral Meetings of the Archdiocese


St Charles Catholic Church
C Section Botshabelo

Fr Thomas Swords OMI, Parish Priest,

St Charles Catholic Church was the first Mission in Botshabelo after the relocation of people from Thaba Nchu and all over the Free State. Fr Raphael Mothe OMI was the first priest. Botshabelo grew so quickly that that three other parishes had to be established very quickly: 'Mamohau, Emmaus and Kriste Tshepo ya Rona (Christ our Hope) and later St Raphael.


FR Masike OMI

Tshepo ya Kriste Catholic Church
M Section - Botshabelo

Fr Francis Masike OMI, Parish Priest,

Kriste Tshepo ya Rona is an Oblate Parish in the Archdiocese of Bloemfontein. The Oblate Community live next to the Church.

Fr Masike, has been a missionary in Namibia before becoming parish priest of this vibrant parish in Botshabelo.

There is a feeding scheme, a vulnersable children's prject and a Medical Clinc attached to the Parish but run mainly by the Holy Cross sisters.


Fr Mike Bracken OMI
Fr Mike
Fr Mike Bracken OMI

St Mark Catholic Church
M Section - Botshabelo

Fr Michael Bracken OMI, Parish Priest,

St Mark's Parish is the youngest parish in Bloemfontein .

The Parish is mainly youth as a result of the recent split from Fatima, the mother parish. Being a young parish, it needs support, as the majority of the youth are still educating themselves.

See: Community Programmes 2007 .

See: Community Programmes 2008 .