Denis Hurley Centre

OUR CONTEXT
Emmanuel Cathedral is situated at the heart of Durban’s inner city and one of the busiest transport hubs in Africa. Every day, half a million commuters make their way through the nearby road and rail intersection. Among them are refugees from our northern neighbours, many of them fleeing traumatic political and economic crises in their countries. The poor of Durban and refugees from other parts of Africa – hungry, ill, homeless or disorientated ‐ look to the Cathedral for help and support. Hundreds of refugees fleeing from xenophobic attacks were accommodated in our parish centre in 2008.

 

OUR RESPONSE

The challenges of our context led to the decision to build a new centre on the site of the existing 106‐year old parish centre to provide a well equipped base for care, education and community. It will be named the DENIS HURLEY CENTRE in honour of Archbishop Denis Hurley who provided visionary leadership for the Catholic Church in this city and further afield from 1947 to 1992.

 

OUR PROGRAMMES
The Cathedral parish already has a food and training programme for the homeless and unemployed while another programme welcomes and cares for newly‐arrived refugees. In addition a clinic gives medical care to needy people, especially those living with HIV. A recent addition is a “job link” office for the unemployed (a project of our partner organisation – The Development House). These efforts are complemented by religious education, economic empowerment and community building in one of the most diverse and challenging areas of the city.

 

OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
The building development programme, which we are about to start, with many innovative “green” features saving water and electricity, will enhance the cathedral’s capacity to provide a sustainable service to the most needy for decades to come. The DENIS HURLEY CENTRE will help us to implement Archbishop Hurley’s vision that the Church should be a “community serving humanity”.

 

“If you deprive yourself for the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, your light will rise in the darkness and your darkest hour will be like noon.”
Isaiah 58:10

 

FURTHER INFORMATION: www.denishurleycentre.org

CONTACT PERSON: Paddy Kearney, pkearney@saol.com Tel +27 31 201‐3832 Cell +27 72 806‐4417

BANK DETAILS: Account name: Denis Hurley Centre Fund

Account number: 62204261002, Swift Code: FIRN ZAJJ  Bank: First National Bank, Durban Main branch, (Code: 221426)

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COMMUNITY OF GOD SERVING HUMANITY

Mass Times

Monday to Friday
06h30

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
10h00

Saturday
07h00
17h30

Sunday
07:45 – English
10h00 – bilingual
12h00 – Zulu

Public Holidays
09h00

Confession Times

Saturdays
11h00 & 16h30