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"When women get together as a group, it is immensely powerful"

Annie Lennox


A fellowship of Catholic women in the Johannesburg Region, South Africa. United through our common faith and under the motto: Charity, Work and Loyalty. The League promotes the teachings of the Church and the principles and values of the Gospel. The aims of the Catholic Women’s League is to encourage women to enhance their spiritual lives and to be involved in the work of the church, and to serve the community in social, civic or moral issues. The National Theme of the Catholic Womens League is "You Are The Salt of the Eart & Light of the World".

catholic womens association

The Catholic Women’s Association was founded in the Pretoria Archdiocese 1964 by a group of women who wanted to grow spiritually by serving God and the needy in the Church and community. In 1970 the Association spread to other parishes around Pretoria. The Association has grown to over 1 000 members who are determined to uphold the dignity of womanhood by empowering other women to be confident and rise above the wounds of oppression, abuse, and reject. Indeed, there is a dire need to train women in leadership, create jobs, and move them from zero to hero.  The CWA has been restructured and repositioned to be a relevant association to make a difference in the lives of women, youth, and children.




St. Anne’s Sodality was founded in 1850 in Québec, Canada, by Oblate father Jean-Baptiste Honorat. It was brought to Southern Africa in 1934, via Lesotho, by Bishop Joseph Cyprian Bonhomme OMI. Its motto is to “serve the family, the Church and the community”. In South Africa today the sodality is a strong support group for its members and a powerful resource for their parishes in over 20 dioceses. Members meet bimonthly for Mass, discussion, report-backs and prayers. Their social involvement includes visiting young mothers, lapsed Catholics and the bereaved, as well as attending to any other needs made known to them by their parish priests. Based on the virtues of St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the following are included in the intentions of the sodality: to foster and encourage vocations to the religious life among children; to be exemplary to Christian women and models of married women and mothers; to comfort those in sorrow; and to love and care for the poor.


daughters of st. anne

Fr Buti Tlhagale (OMI), now ArchBishop founded the sodality in 1983, with the help of St Anne Diocesan Spiritual Director Fr S.Tebele and Regional Spiritual Director Fr M. Shomang, Fr B. Mbatha, Fr E.Lennon and Fr L.Moshoeshoe. Mrs. Yvonne Mofokeng from Assumption Parish Molapo, then started the sodality in the Diocese of Johannesburg

The main aim was to challenge young women who wanted to subscribe to a sodality. It was intended to be a companion volume for participation in various apostles and pastoral challenges. It is for all who have a great special devotion to the Spiritual of St Anne who is also our Patroness. It is also for all women who have a desire to belong to a sodality. They too have the same right to drink at this spiritual fountain which is so rich and so well adopted to today’s needs.

Immaculate Conception

The Sodality of the Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic Marian group that can bejoined by everyone regardless of sex, age or marital status. It was founded on the 19th October 1917 by Maximillian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan priest well known for his humility and meekness. Maximillian had realised that people were fighting against the Catholic Church; the solidarity was accepted in the church by Pope in 1926. In 1987 Pope John II published the group to the World-wide. Our work is to evangelize world-wide.

The objective of Immaculate Conception is to re-unite all Catholics of the whole world, of every age and social standing and here in the cathedral we would like to come together as a church to love and honour the Blessed Mother and wish to imitate her in our daily lives. We would like to promote the Marian devotion in our society



Each spiritual family in the Church, while rooted in the authentic teaching and unity of the Church, has its own particular gift and contribution to make. The gift of the Sacred Heart Sodality is to unite Catholic men and women, 18 years and older, who wish to honour the love and compassion of the Heart of Christ in a special way through a life of worship and service.

During the seventeenth century in France, St. Margaret Mary (right) was instrumental in the gradual movement towards having the devotion to the Sacred Heart publically approved by the church.

The beginnings of the Sacred Heart Sodality in Southern Africa date back to 1895 in Centocow Mission in the Marianhill Diocese where it was founded by missionary, Fr. Gerard Walpert.

Today the Sacred Heart Sodality in South Africa exists in 29 Dioceses countrywide.

In the Johannesburg Archdiocese the Sodality has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception 51 years ago. The pioneers and stalwarts who laid the foundation of this Sodality in Johannesburg include former Presidents Mrs Constance Nkuna, Mrs Michaeline Morare and Mrs Busisiwe Futha. It is the largest sodality in the archdiocese with a membership of about 5000 members and it continues to attract members from all walks of life. Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, Witbank and Swaziland form the Johannesburg Metro.


Theology of the Body South Africa started as a group in 2009, following an introduction to Theology of the Body course, “Theology of the Body for Teens” DVD series, facilitated by Marie-Anne Te Brake at a Johannesburg parish. The impact of this introduction was so profound that the group wanted to delve deeper to understand more about themselves, their lives and, unexpectedly, they found that they hungered to know more about their faith. Before they knew it, a study group of about thirty (30) formed and began to meet once a week at Marie-Anne’s home, with the aim of learning more about Theology of the Body(TOB) and St John Paul II. 

Strong friendships were formed during this fellowship time and the group's Catholic faith was reignited. They soon discovered that we could not keep this teaching to themselves. They discovered a deep desire to spread it to family, friends and parishes. In 2010 they began sharing this message of love in the divine plan. They facilitated DVD courses and seminars (or retreats) over weekends for, predominantly, the youth of local parishes and then other dioceses around the country and beyond. Their enthusiasm also led to giving talks at schools.

They have addressed thousands of people from all walks of life since these early days and over the years have organised and hosted popular international speakers like Damon Owens, Jason Evert and Christopher West to share their knowledge of TOB with us in South Africa. 

TOB SA has hosted four Totus Tuus Women's Conferences to date, including virtual conferences in response to Covid restrictions.

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