Denis Hurley Centre – September 2012

Care • Education • Community

Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi

Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa

From left: Sr Anne Mary HF, Sisters Joy Money and Myrtle
Beaunoir HF (past pupils), Fr Joe Money OMI, Cardinal Wilfrid
Napier OFM, Fr Albert Danker OMI, in the entrance procession. Frs Money and Danker were also past pupils. Sr Anne Mary is a past Principal of the New St Augustine’s.


There was an air of celebration tinged with sadness, about the Thanksgiving Mass celebrated for past pupils of the old St Augustine’s School based at Emmanuel Cathedral from 1906 to 1956. About 150 old boys and girls attended the Mass concelebrated by Cardinal Napier, Frs Albert Danker, Joe Money, Stephen Tully and Aaron Gabela, with singing wonderfully led by the choir of the new St Augustine’s, many of whom are children of refugees from various parts of Africa. It was a great occasion for catching up with friends and class mates some of whom hadn’t met for many years. A fascinating display of memorabilia was put together by Ben Pottier. Many stories were exchanged but unfortunately the PA system made it difficult to hear some of these. The morning ended with a brief presentation on the Denis Hurley Centre and the establishment of a St Augustine’s fundraising committee for the new building.

Thanksgiving Mass for the Old St Augustine’s School based at Emmanuel Cathedral (1906 ‐ 1956) – (Pic –Dan’s Studio)


Irish Ambassador, Brendan McMahon, studies the Denis Hurley Centre proposal during his visit to the Cathedral (Pic – Jean‐Marie Ntamubano)


During the World Climate Change Conference in Durban, we were visited by the Irish Ambassador to South Africa, Brendan McMahon. He took a strong interest in the project and we were delighted when he recently phoned with the news that he is committed to raising R500,000 for the Centre from the organisation known as Irish Aid. This will be a fitting tribute to the Irish ancestry of Archbishop Hurley both of whose parents were from Skibbereen in West Cork.


For Donations to the DHC ‐ please indicate your name and Email or Postal Address so that we can properly record and acknowledge your donation Denis Hurley Centre Fund, FNB Bank, Branch: 221426 Acc.: 6220 4261 002 Swift Code: FIRN ZAJJ


Gugu Gumede leading one of the many fundraising presentations (Pic – C Criticos )


The Emmanuel Cathedral family mourns the death of Gugu (“Gem”) Gumede who died on 13 August after a long battle against lymphatic cancer. We extend our condolences to her family and friends. Amongst Gugu’s many parish activities, she was the Secretary of our Diocesan Fundraising Team for the Denis Hurley Centre, and took part in over 30 parish visits to promote the Centre. She was an excellent ambassador also for important
presentations to people like the new mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo, and his predecessor, Obed Mlaba, before illness made it impossible for her to continue. Her contributions to the DHC project included translating a number of documents into isiZulu, one of which was the text of our DVD. Her voice can be heard on the isiZulu version available at our office ‐ contact Jean‐Marie on +27 31 – 3012240/ or email



Everyone wants to know when we’ll start building the Denis Hurley Centre. The answer is that we will be able to commence once we have the approval of the plans from the eThekwini Municipality (expected within weeks) and have 80% of the funds needed for construction. That milestone is significantly closer with the five major grants of the past two months (Italian Bishops’ Conference, Afrisun Community Development Trust, Operation Jumpstart, Missio, Irish Embassy through Irish Aid) bringing us up to R14.7M. With donations in kind of the basic materials needed for the building and with Vat Vendor status we’ll be close to R19M and then the 80% (R23M) will be within sight. Meanwhile we need to keep up the whole range of fundraising activities we are engaged in, and your support and prayers are much needed. Please let us know if you have contacts who could help.  •  Contact Person: Paddy Kearney  •  Email:  •  Tel: +27 31 201‐3832  •  Cell: +27 72 806‐4417