DHC Update: May 2013


Care • Education • Community

Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi

Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa




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Ken Froise, left, the Project Manager and Ben Potgieter, the head of the Development Team look forward to the construction of the Denis Hurley Centre, on the site of the old parish centre. (Pic – Zanele Zulu, IN)


At last we can announce that the plans for the Denis Hurley Centre were officially approved by the eThekwini (Durban) Municipality on 26 April, after a long and tortuous process. We give thanks that we can now proceed without further delay. The tender documents were sent to contractors who will be competing in the tender process over the next few weeks. Potential contractors attended an obligatory site meeting on 26 April to familiarise themselves with the location and get further technical information from Ken Froise, Project Manager, and several professional consultants involved. The results of the adjudication process will be presented to the Archdiocesan Building Committee on 17 May. The site will then be handed over to the successful contractor and building operations will commence in June.



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The KZN Youth Choir ‐ winners of an international award in 2012 will entertain guests at the gala dinner to celebrate Mgr. Nadal’s 300km Camino walk on 21 June 2013. (Pic – KZN Youth Choir)


There’s still time to sponsor Mgr. Nadal’s 300km Camino walk (25 May – 5 June) through Portugal on the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Your sponsorship of R300 (or more) will buy you a seat at the DHC Gala Fundraising Dinner on Friday 21 June at the DLI Hall, Greyville Race Course – 5.30 for 6.00p.m.: tables of ten – R2500.

We will celebrate monsignor’s Camino walk & his 81st birthday.
Payments should be made to: DENIS HURLEY CENTRE FUND, FIRST NATIONAL BANK, ACCOUNT NO. 6220 4261 002, BRANCH CODE: 221426. Please indicate on deposit slip your name and phone number, as well as NC (Nadal Camino) or NCD (Nadal Camino Dinner) if you want to attend the event on 21 June. Overseas donors please see our website for options to make your deposit: www.denishurleycentre.org

All enquiries: + 27 31‐2013832/ + 27 72‐8064417 pkearney@saol.com


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Chris Hurley with former mayor Obed Mlaba on the occasion of the civic memorial service for Archbishop Denis Hurley,2004. Chris was presented with a copy of the certificate declaring Archbishop Hurley’s Freedom of the City. (Pic – Archdiocese archive)

Death of Chris Hurley

Chris Hurley, the youngest brother of Archbishop Denis, died in Canberra, Australia, at the age of 92 on 18 April ‐ his wife Ursula and one of his daughters, Mikaela, who lives in Durban were with him. Chris had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

A teacher and headmaster of several Marist schools in South Africa and Australia, Chris was the co‐founder and second headmaster of Thomas More College in Kloof, KwaZulu‐Natal. He was known as a progressive and innovative educational leader who made a major contribution to educational development in South Africa. He was regarded as an outstanding teacher by all his students and colleagues.

Chris was the youngest of the four Hurley siblings, the others being Eileen, Denis and Jerry. Our sincere sympathies to Ursula, Mikaela and all members of the Hurley family.


Comrades Marathon Project

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier with some of the Comrades runners who will be supporting the Denis Hurley Centre project on 2 June 2013 (Pic – Supplied Ind. Newspapers)


Cardinal Wilfrid Napier invites all Comrades Marathon runners to support the Denis Hurley Centre. Sponsorship forms and information packs can be obtained from the organiser, Mark Wardell markvwardell@gmail.com 083‐7895062. All who are taking part in this project as well as their families, friends and sponsors are invited to a special Comrades Mass at Emmanuel Cathedral on the eve of the race – 5.30p.m. on Saturday 1 June. Cardinal Napier will give a special blessing to the runners, who are invited to attend in their running gear. Secure, off street parking available in grounds of the Cathedral.


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www.denishurleycentre.org | Contact Person: Paddy Kearney | Email: pkearney@saol.com | Tel: +27 31 201‐3832 | Cell: +27 72 806‐4417