Priests of the Sacred Heart

South African Province

"...our whole vocation, our purpose, our duty, our promises, are found in these words:

Ecce venio...

Ecce ancilla.."

We trust in your prayers for our departed brethren

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Father Edmund Peter Cahi

The South African member of our province, born in Indwe.

Born:                 01 March 1911

Departed:            17 November 1995

Brother Theo Nienaber

Unfortunately, we have no further information at this time.

Born:                 07 January 1911

Departed:          29 June 1997

Father Paschal Motsamai

Unfortunately, we have no further information at this time.

Born:                    01 December 1940

Departed:          10 May 1999

Brother Paul Tiragalo Ntwe

Originally from Botswana Br. Paul made his final vows in our Congregation just before his tragic death.

Born:                    03 October 1969

Departed:           06 October 2001


Father Alfons Nordlohne

Originally from Germany Fr. Alfons served as the parish priest in Bethulie for more than 40 years.

Born:                 26 September 1919

Departed:          28 January 2002

Father Matthias Ntaka

The South African member of our province died after long illness while being the parish priest in Bethulie.

Born:                 04 May 1943

Departed:          23 July 2003

Father Innocent Mutanyu

Fr. Innocent, a Zimbabwean, died prematurely only seven months after his priestly ordination.

Born:                 07 May 1966

Departed:          01 August 2003

Father Jan Peter Notermans

Originally from Holland, until his passing the oldest member of our Province. After many years of ministry he had lived in retirement in the Aliwal Monastery.

Born:                 18 July 1912

Departed:            08 May 2005

Father Andries Lemahieu

Originally from Belgium, he worked as missionary for several years in Congo, then in South Africa. As the member of South African Province he served prisoners for many years, and was the engine of SHAL (Sacred Heart Auto League).

Born:                  26 September 1925

Departed:           12 July 2007

Bishop Everard Baaij

Originally from Netherlands, he first served as a parish priest in various communities in the Diocese of De Aar. Later he was ordained and appointed as a bishop of the Diocese of Aliwal North. After his retirement, he moved to Port Elizabeth where he lived in the Nazareth House and continued his ministry to the sick and the elderly.

Born:                 24 March 1921

Departed:          31 January 2012

Brother Heinrich Bonaventura Schmedes

Originally from Germany Br. Bona helped with the construction of many churches in the Aliwal Diocese as well as the carpentry teaching in St. Joseph School.

Born:                 20 September 1926

Departed:          07 January 2016

Father Anthony Austin

Fr. Anthony, a South African, with the talent for the local languages worked for many years as the parish priest in Dordrecht. He retired in the Monastery, Aliwal North.

Born:             14 March 1932

Departed:    29 September 2017

Father Benno Hansel
Originally from Germany Fr. Benno served as the regoinal superior and the bursas for the SCJs. He retired from his pastoral involvement at Hilton parish and then served the Holy Cross Sisters and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, all stationed in Aliwal North.

Born:            12 July 1932

31 August 2020
Father Karl-Heinz Ofenloch
Originally from Germany Fr. Karl-Heinz worked as the parish priest in the Cathedral of Aliwal for 15 years. He also served as the provincial councilor and the provincial bursar. He  retired in the Aliwal North Monastery.

Born:            12 November 1942

24 March 2022