DHC Update: July 2012

Care • Education • Community

Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi

Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa


From left: From left: Glenda Fredericks, Organiser of the Gala Dinner, Monsignor Paul Nadal, First Lady of KZN, Dr May Mkhize and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM. (Pic – Illa Thompson )


“Magnificent” was the word used by Cardinal Napier to describe our recent Gala Fundraising Dinner in the Parish Centre, celebrating the 80th birthday of Monsignor Paul Nadal one of our most active Patrons and Trustees. The nearly 200 guests were astonished at the transformation of the hall by “Memorable Occasions”, Fr. Stephen’s army of well‐trained waiters and waitresses, the delightful music from Mgr. Nadal’s eight decades provided by “The Josephs” and the hilarious American Auction of art works in which First Lady Dr May Mkhize, Ambassador Bismarck Myrick, Mgr. Paul and Fr Stephen all cajoled the guests to empty their pockets.



From left: Mike Mellows, John Jackson (dressed as a ‘Womble’) and Ciara Jackson. (Pic ‐ Edmund O’Donovan, “Jesuit Missions”)


Three young people ran the recent London Marathon for the DHC, raising the equivalent of more than R110,000. They were part of a group organised by “Jesuit Missions” who ran for various projects in Africa. Ciara Jackson, speaking for the three DHC runners, said they were delighted to run for such a wonderful project. She is hoping to visit us during a forthcoming visit to South Africa. Many thanks to Julian Filochowski of the Denis Hurley Association, London, for persuading “Jesuit Missions” to add the DHC to their list of causes.




Cardinal Napier has challenged the 74 parishes of the Archdiocese of Durban to raise R500,000 in the forthcoming Diocesan Collection to be taken in all parishes from Durban inland to Bergville, up the North Coast as far as Stanger, and down the coast to Amanzimtoti, on the weekend of 28 and 29 July. Special posters and homily notes on the theme “Now is the time to build the Denis Hurley Centre” have been distributed: DVDs are available from Jean‐Marie on 031‐3012240/0725490338 and collection envelopes, from Phyllis at the Chancery, 031‐3031417. So far Emmanuel Cathedral has raised over R700,000. We know that every parish has its own funding needs but feel sure that all would like to be involved in this major effort to honour Archbishop Hurley by helping poor and vulnerable groups for many decades to come.



We are delighted to announce that the Dutch funding agency, Stichting Porticus, has committed to giving a donation of R1.5M before the end of 2012 towards the cost of building the Denis Hurley Centre. Our fundraising is now gaining momentum as we await the outcome of other major funding applications to the National Lottery, Afrisun Community Development Trust, Operation Jumpstart, the Italian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Victor Daitz Foundation, all of which we hope will bring us much closer to the 80% of costs (R23M) needed to start construction.