This week we encounter what would at first sight appear to be a repeat of Jesus’ words from the Gospel extract of the Sunday before last. However, TODAY’S GOSPEL READING [MATTHEW 18:...
SUPPORT OUR CYCLISTS!
Now is your last chance to support our cycling team for the Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town on March 9. Father Stephen Tully and eight other cyclists led by Patrick Wilson will ride a gruelling 109kms on that day to raise funds for the Denis Hurley Centre.
We urge you to give a generous sponsorship in our bank account: DENIS HURLEY CENTRE FUND, FIRST NATIONAL BANK (FNB), ACCOUNT NUMBER 6220 4261 002 BRANCH CODE: 221426. Please indicate clearly on your deposit slip your name, phone number and the word “ARGUS” so that we can properly record and acknowledge your contribution. For overseas supporters please use the PayPal facility, see the DHC website: www.denishurleycentre.org
We still need R5.4M to complete construction, and time is short because the building will be completed by the end of September.
(Pic – Supplied & J‐M Ntamubano )
HURLEY 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED
The 10th anniversary of Archbishop Hurley’s death was celebrated with a week of well attended events including a colloquium organised by the UKZN, a special memorial Mass celebrated by Cardinal Napier, the annual Hurley lecture given by Fr Sean O’Leary M.Afr. on peacemaking in Africa, a theme also taken up by a workshop organised by the Diakonia Council of Churches, a candlelight procession to the Archbishop’s tomb, all four of the Cathedral Masses having special celebrants and preachers, a public meeting to report back on the progress of the Denis Hurley Centre Project, culminating in the unveiling of a statue of the Archbishop at KwaThintwa School a week later. We were delighted to have overseas participants: Jacques Briard, representing CIDSE cluster of funding agencies; Sr Marie‐Henry Keane OP, representing the Denis Hurley Association, London, and Jeremy Hurley from Adelaide, Australia.
(image: Cardinal Napier and religious leaders at DHC foundation stone – J‐M Ntamubano)
We are delighted to announce that we have three new Patrons of the Centre: Dr May Mashego Mkhize, Former First Lady of the KZN Province; Mikaéla York (nee Hurley) – daughter of the late Chris Hurley and niece of the Archbishop; and Jeremy Hurley, son of the late Jerry Hurley, and nephew of the Archbishop, who were introduced at the Public Report Back Meeting in Emmanuel Cathedral, on Sunday 16 February.
(image right: Our newest Trustee is Professor Joyce Tsoka Gwegweni of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN.)
(image above: New Patrons – Jeremy Hurley and Mikaéla York cutting the cake at the garden party following the DHC Report back. Inset pic. Dr May Mashego Mkhize – C Criticos & www.photoshelter.com)
PRAY FOR PEACE IN AFRICA
A major focus of the Hurley Anniversary celebrations was peacemaking in Africa. Father Sean O’Leary, Director of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute made this the theme of his Hurley Lecture on 14 February at the Diakonia Centre. For a full copy of his challenging and controversial address, contact email@example.com.
Peace in Africa was further explored in a workshop organised by the Diakonia Council of Churches on 15 February and addressed by Bishop Kevin Dowling CSsR, Vice‐President of Pax Christi, Saydoon Sayed of Religions for Peace: South Africa, Fr Peter‐John Pearson of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, and Fr Sean O’Leary all of whom called for more international understanding of how reconciliation and forgiveness are seen through an African lens.
(image: Burundian Drummers at the Denis Hurley Centre Report Back meeting ‐ Kudzai Taruona)