St. Patrick's La Rochelle

St. John Baptist Scalabrini Centre

1 June 2024

St John Baptist Scalabrini
(1839 – 1905)
Bishop of Piscenza
Apostle of Catechism
Father of the Migrants and Seafarers

On 25th of May, Bishop Buti Tlhagale, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, visited Saint Patrick’s Parish, La Rochelle and on this occasion, he blessed and inaugurated the centre for the services for migrant, refugees, and the underprivileged people. This project is the renovation of the Convent building next to St Patrick’s Parish and was sponsored by the Papal Foundation.

The renovation was led by Bishop Buti and the co-ordinator who saw the renovation through was Fr. Eduardo Gabriel Scalabrinian Missionary and Social Project Co-ordinator at St Patrick’s.

This inauguration was done in preparation for the celebration of the feast of St John Baptist Scalabrini and it is a contribution of the Scalabrinian Missionaries working in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.

In this centre we have the following social projects:

St. Charles Clinic

  • Free primary healthcare for women
  • Screening including pap smears
  • Basic medication available
  • We have a volunteer Gynaecologist Oncologist doctor one day a week
  • A registered nurse three days a week
  • We also offer Counselling. The Counsellor is at the Clinic one day a week

Operating Hours:

Monday 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM


  • St Patrick’s Catholic church started a computer class on 13 March 2023.
  • The course material offered is introduction to basic computer skills Word, PowerPoint, and excel.
  • There was 66 ladies that registered.
  • The ladies are from Congo, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mali, Mozambique and Zambia.
  • In June 2023, 22 ladies graduated.
  • On 8 September 2023, 22 ladies graduated.
  • On 5 December 2023, 22 ladies graduated


  • The classes started in 2016 – eight year ago
  • The course started with eight ladies in a class.
  • Currently there are 20 ladies in a class.
  • The course runs for three months. They come in twice a week from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.
  • There is an advanced course twice a week on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. This has been running for three years.
  • This projects was started for ladies, migrants and refugees to upskilled themselves so that they can put bread on the table.
  • The ladies are from Congo, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mali, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and Namibia.
  • This course is run by a Congolese Migrant in South Africa.

Future Project– Baking Institute

Our mission

Our mission is to empower women in poverty through transformative culinary education, unlocking their potential to become leaders in their families and communities. We are dedicated to:

  • Providing accessible culinary education
  • Creating employment opportunities
  • Building a supportive community
  • Promoting Sustainable Change

Our vision

We envision a world where every woman, regardless of her socio-economic background, has the opportunity to unlock her culinary potential and become a leader in her own right.

Through holistic education, mentorship, and employment opportunities, we aspire to break the cycle of poverty, instilling confidence and skills that not only shape individual destinies but also uplift entire communities.

Our vision is a future where Baking Institute becomes synonymous with positive social change, a beacon of hope illuminating the path toward financial and personal independence for women who dare to dream and work for a better future.


JRS rents classroom space from St Patrick’s Catholic Church.
JRS offer the following courses:

  • English
  • Computers
  • Beauty
  • Massage
  • Hairdressing


  • Chapel
  • Conference Room
  • Parking Area
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Female/Male bathrooms
  • PWD bathroom