DHC Update: October 2012

Care • Education • Community

Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi

Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa

Bronze statue of Archbishop Hurley with Cecilia Mkhize and Edith Ngonini of the Sacred Heart Sodality which raised most of the funds for the statue. (Pic – N Herrington)

Hurley Statue To Be Unveiled.

A bronze life size statue of Archbishop Denis Hurley which will be a central focus of the Denis Hurley Centre will be unveiled on Friday, November 16 during the annual Hurley Lecture at Emmanuel Cathedral. This event organised each year by the Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council on 11 October 1962. The event will begin with a supper at 6.00p.m. followed by the lecture at 7.00p.m.

The topic will be: “Vatican II and the Future of Inter‐faith Relations”. The panel of speakers
will include Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM, Chair of the KZN Inter Religious Council, and Ela
Gandhi, Vice‐President of the World Council of Religions for Peace.

(Pic – Supplied)

Every Rand Counts

Over the last few months, we have received major overseas grants from Porticus, the Italian Bishops’ Conference and Irish Aid as well as local funders, Afrisun Community Development Trust and Operation Jumpstart.

People who can only afford to donate much, much less might well ask “What’s the point of my giving 10 or 20, or R50?” We urge you to continue your generosity, however small your gift. Through such gifts and the proceeds of countless dances, concerts, cake sales, sales of Hurley memorabilia, raffles and mini fetes, the Cathedral Parish has raised over R850, 000 for the Centre.

This wonderful sign of local commitment to the project has helped to convince overseas and local donors that this is a worthwhile project to support.
Remember the parish fete on Sunday 28 October.

For further details contact Glenda Fredericks 031‐3622328(W) / 083‐6337309.



The Surat Hindu Association building in Dr Goonam Street (formerly Prince Edward Street ). (Pic ‐ Jean‐Marie Ntamubano)

Temporary Accommodation

Many people are asking what will happen to all the projects and events which take place in the Parish Centre once the demolition commences followed by the construction of the Denis Hurley Centre – over a period of about 20 months. We are committed to ensuring that all these activities continue without interruption and we have been exploring a number of options. Now the Parish Pastoral Council has agreed that the best of these is to lease the

Surat Hindu Association Building in Dr Goonam (formerly Prince Edward) Street, a five minute walk from the Cathedral. This four storey building has recently been refurbished and is ideal to house all the events and projects of the Parish Centre.

Our application has been accepted by the trustees of the Surat Association, and now we must raise R25,000 per month for the lease. Well‐known Durban personality Gugu Mji is assisting us to raise funds to cover the cost of our temporary accommodation.

If you can help, please contact Gugu
Tel 083 4142169 Email: gugumji2@gmail.com)


Denis Hurley: Truth To Power

This is the title of an abridged version of the Hurley biography Guardian of the Light which will shortly be published by UKZN Press. A soft‐covered version of the original, Truth to Power is about 150 pages shorter than the original. It has been edited by Jane Argall to appeal to a wider readership. A special glossary of Catholic terms has been added. The iconic picture on the cover will also be used for a bronze relief (3 X 2 metres) commissioned by Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize, as part of the province’s efforts to honour outstanding figures in the liberation struggle. This art work will be displayed in a prominent position in the Denis Hurley Centre. Other good news is that the eThekwini Municipality has voted unanimously in favour of the Centre’s inclusion in the Liberation Heritage Route for inner‐city Durban.