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WE HAVE A DIRECTOR!
We are delighted to announce that Raymond Perrier will be taking up his appointment as the first Director of the Denis Hurley Centre on 1 February 2015.
Raymond has for the past five years been Director of the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg. Before coming to SA he was a senior staff member of the British Catholic funding agency, CAFOD, with major fundraising responsibilities. Prior to that he was six years in training as a Jesuit, two of them in a camp for Sudanese refugees, as Project Director for Jesuit Refugee Services. His original professional formation was in marketing, managing the New York office of Interbrand with a staff of 160. He holds degrees from New College, Oxford, from the University of London and the London School of Economics.
Welcome Raymond. We look forward to your dynamic contribution!
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HURLEY CENTENARY YEAR
2015 is a special year for the Denis Hurley Centre, because on 9 November we will celebrate Denis Hurley’s 100th birthday. Denis was born in a nursing home in Woodstock, Cape Town, when his parents, Theresa and Denis, lived at Cape Point where his father was the lighthouse keeper.
The main events celebrating the Hurley Centenary will be the official opening of the Denis Hurley Centre on the morning of Monday 9 November, and a special outdoor concert by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, “World Religions in Concert” in Cathedral Mall that evening. 2015 is also the 100th anniversary of Dr Beyers Naude’s birth and we hope to mark this event in some form of joint celebration of these two outstanding Christian leaders who played such an important role in the struggle against apartheid.
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The annual “Hurley Weekend” commemorating the Archbishop’s death on 13 February 2004, will take place on 14 and 15 February.
Our guest preacher for that weekend for all Masses at Emmanuel Cathedral will be Fr Anthony Egan SJ of the Jesuit Institute who will also, on Saturday 14, lead a workshop from 10.00 am to 5.00pm on “Charity and Freedom: Denis Hurley and the Social Teaching of the Church” with a bring & share lunch.
This event in the main hall of the Denis Hurley Centre will be followed by the 5.30p.m. Mass with a candlelight procession and prayers at the tomb, led by Sr Marion Millane HF. On Sunday 15 February at 3.00p.m. there will be a public report back meeting “Achievements & Challenges of the Denis Hurley Centre” also in the main hall.
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A PLACE TO CELEBRATE
For weddings and other community celebrations or events, we urge you to use the facilities of the Denis Hurley Centre. Bookings can be made through Jean-Marie – Tel: (031) 301-2240 Cell: (072) 549-0338 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another forthcoming event in the Centre will be a presentation by Ela Gandhi on 28 March from 2.00 – 5.00p.m., on “The Role of Religion in the Struggle for Peace”,
organised by the international Focolare Movement in association with the Denis Hurley Centre, as the annual Chiara Lubich Memorial Lecture. The Focolare Movement was founded by Chiara Lubich.
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