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HURLEY ANNIVERSARY EVENTS:
This issue of DHC Update is devoted to the 10th anniversary events from 13 – 16 February to commemorate Archbishop Hurley’s death in 2004 ‐. First is the blessing of the foundation stone for the Denis Hurley Centre. For safety reasons, only a limited number of guests will be able to go onto the building site to take part in this brief ceremony, with others able to watch on CCTV inside the Cathedral. A special Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Napier at 6.00p.m. with singing by the Chamber Choir of Fatima Convent. The school’s Golden jubilee was the last event attended by Archbishop Hurley on the day of his death – 13 February 2004.
STOP PRESS: HURLEY STATUE UNVEILING & BLESSING FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY, 10.00AM, KWA THINTWA SCHOOL, INCHANGA (CARDINAL NAPIER & PREMIER SENZO MCHUNU)
AFRICA PEACEMAKING LESSONS:
Next up is the annual Archbishop Hurley Lecture on Friday 14 February, starting with a supper at 6.00p.m., followed by the lecture at 7.00p.m., at the Diakonia Centre.
The speaker will be Fr Sean O’Leary M.Afr., Director of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute DHPI, who will speak about “Justice, Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness through an African Lens: Lessons from 2004 – 2014”.
At the same event the Jesuit Institute’s book of Lenten reflections on good governance and elections will be launched ‐ dedicated “to Archbishop Hurley and all those who continue his struggle for liberation in South Africa.”
UNPACKING PEACEMAKING LESSONS:
The theme of the Hurley Lecture will be unpacked in a special workshop on Saturday 15 February from 2.00 – 5.00p.m., hosted by Diakonia and facilitated by their Director, Nomabelu Mvambo‐Dandala, with an illustrious panel of speakers reflecting on the lessons to be learnt from African peacemaking.
At 5.30p.m. that same afternoon, a Mass will be celebrated in Emmanuel Cathedral by Archbishop George Daniel, Emeritus of Pretoria who will also give the homily. This will be followed by a candlelight procession to the Archbishop’s tomb, where prayers will be led by Sr Marie‐Henry OP, of the Denis Hurley Association, London.
(Pic – Paul Fetters )
PROGRESS OF HURLEY CENTRE:
For the three Sunday Masses we will have special preachers: 7.45a.m. – Bishop Kevin Dowling CSsR; 9.45a.m. – Fr Sylvester David OMI and 11.45a.m. Bishop Abel Gabuza.
The last event of the Hurley Anniversary Programme will be a Public Meeting on the theme “Building the Denis Hurley Centre” to take place in Emmanuel Cathedral at 3.00p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday 16. This will be an occasion to review the highlights of 2013 and prepare for the challenges of 2014. The Cathedral’s award‐winning Zulu Choir will sing and there will be messages from Jacques Briard (CIDSE’s special representative), and from Jeremy Hurley who is coming specially from Australia, as well as a motivational address by Fr Peter‐John Pearson.
(Pic – Jean‐Marie Ntamubano )