DHC Update: September 2013

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Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 1.11.11 PMA PROFESSIONAL JOB:

This is the sign that greets visitors to the Denis Hurley Centre building site, listing the professional team that worked hard on this project for the past few years. The contemporary building seen in the artist’s impression of what the completed building will look like, will be a landmark in the heart of inner‐city Durban and a catalyst for development. Named in honour of Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI, the Centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2014, just ten years after his death. We hope to lay the foundation stone on 16 February 2014 as part of the anniversary celebrations.



Denis Hurley Centre Fund, FNB Bank,
Branch Code: 221426. Acc. Number: 6220 4261 002 Swift Code: FIRN ZAJJ
Please indicate your name and Email or Postal Address so that we can properly record and acknowledge your donation


The social outreach projects associated with the Denis Hurley Centre are making excellent progress in their temporary accommodation at the Surat Hindu Association Building, 137 Dr Goonam (Prince Edward) Street. It is a more spacious building that is in much better shape than the recently demolished Parish Centre. The number of “client interactions” has doubled for the Nkosinathi Project (providing hot nutritious meals), the Usizo L’wehtu Clinic, Refugee Pastoral Care and the Job Linx Project (in which we collaborate with the eThekwini Opportunities Centre). JobLinx has made specially noteworthy progress: in the past three months, we received 592 CVs from unemployed people, of these 478 were given job readiness training and of those trained 319 are now employed.

(Pic ‐ St Augustine's Team)

Father Stephen Tully with Daphne Goad and Ekkie Esau, after he had blessed the many prizes that were donated for the St Augustine’s Golf Day.


St Augustine’s Past Pupils who went to school in the old Parish Centre (now demolished) are busy raising funds for the museum and interpretive centre that will be a prominent feature of the Denis Hurley Centre. Under the leadership of Ekkie Esau (chair) and Daphne Goad (secretary), they are selling bricks from the old building to be used in the new coffee bar, they have held a successful Golf Day at the Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course, and now they’re encouraging past pupils in far off Perth to organise a fundraising dance. If you would like further information or can help with any of these efforts, contact Daphne on 084 6066151 or Ekkie on 084 2008017.

(Pic ‐ Sacred Heart Sodality)

Fike Masuku of the Sacred Heart Sodality, Bishop Barry Wood OMI, Nosipho Zulu of the Diocesan Fundraising Team, Paddy Kearney DHC Coordinator, Fr Thomas Zondi OMI, parish priest of St Paul’s, Ntuzuma.


Many donations have come from the 74 parishes of the Durban Archdiocese. Now we have received our first donation from one of the seven deaneries into which the parishes are divided. It comes from our old friends, the Sacred Heart Sodality (“Nhliziyo”), of the Durban Central and North deanery. At a special deanery Mass on 17 August, they presented a cheque for R30,000 to Bishop Barry Wood OMI. We call the Sacred Heart Sodality “old friends” because at a diocesan level they gave the first major gift we received right at the beginning of our fundraising efforts – R110,000 for the bronze life size statue of Archbishop Hurley which will be a central focus of the Denis Hurley Centre, visible from all four floors. For these two wonderful gifts we say

”Siyabonga kakhulu”.

Leave a gift to the Denis Hurley Centre in your will. Contact:‐ Tim Desmond at Tel 031 536‐8650 or Craig Jones 031‐5368621

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