We are situated in Welkom in the Free State province of the Republic of South Africa. The City with a heart of gold, Welkom was established as a gold mining town in the 1950s. There are only a few of the mines that are still in operation and Welkom is slowly shifting in its character as being a hub in the Northern Free State. Throughout the history of the city the Catholic Church has been present. The Parish is also associated with Saint Dominic’s College, a premier Catholic School in Welkom.
The parish forms a part of the Diocese of Kroonstad, in cooperation with the pastoral leadership of Bishop Peter Holiday. In its nearly sixty years of service to the community of Welkom the parish has been staffed by members of the Order of Preachers (or Dominicans). This Order, dedicated to preaching, has brought the Good News of Christ’s Gospel to the region with dedication and persistence.
From the first foundation as Christian church in a mining town, through the days of apartheid to the current social and moral challenges of South African society, the parish has remained a constant witness of the Gospel of Christ through its many ministries.