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Timeline of Denis Hurley


Date

Age

Event

9 November 1915

-

Born of Irish parents in Cape Town, South Africa

1924

9

Schooling at St. Elmo's Convent, Umzumbe

1928, 1929

13-14

Schooling at St. Thomas' School for Boys (Newcastle Dominicans), Newcastle

1930, 1931

15-16

Schooling at St. Charles' College (Marist Brothers), Pietermaritzburg

1932

17

Novitiate of Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Ireland

1933

18

Began studies in Rome

1936

21

Obtained Licentiate in Philosophy at the Angelicum (now St. Thomas Aquinas University), Rome

9 July 1939

23

Ordained priest in Rome

1940

25

Obtained Licentiate in Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome

1940-1943

25-28

Curate at Emmanuel Cathedral, Durban

1944-1946

29-31

Superior of St. Joseph's Scholasticate, Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg

12 December 1946

31

Named Vicar Apostolic of Natal with rank of bishop

19 March 1947

31

Ordained bishop, the youngest in the world at the time

11 January 1951

35

Appointed Archbishop, the youngest in the world at the time

1952-1961

37-46

President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference

1961

46

Appointed to the Central Preparatory Commission of the Second Vatican Council

1962-1965

47-50

Attended Vatican Council and served as member of the Commission for Priestly Formation and Christian Education

1964

49

Appointed member of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy

1965-1966

50-51

President of the South African Institute of Race Relations

1965-1968

50-53

Member of the Liturgical Consilium, a Vatican body charged with implementing the Council's decree on liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium

1967

52

Attended Synod of Bishops in Rome

1968

53

Convened first Synod of the Archdiocese of Durban

1969-1974

54-59

Member of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship

1970

55

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Notre Dame University, Indiana

1972

57

Civic Honours, City of Durban

1974

59

Attended Synod of Bishops in Rome; elected member of the Synod Council (charged with organising the next Synod)

1975

60

Elected Chairperson of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy

1975

60

Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (Légion d'Honneur), France

1976

61

Founded Diakonia, Durban ecumenical agency for social concern and action.

1977

62

Founded the Human Awareness Programme

1977

62

Attended Synod of Bishops in Rome; elected member of Synod Council

1978

63

Honorary Doctor of Literature, University of Natal

1981-1987

66-72

President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference

1982

67

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

December 1983

68

Affiliated to the Marist Institute

9 October 1984

68

Charged with an offence under South African law for making "false statements" concerning atrocities committed by 'Koevoet' - a South African paramilitary police unit in Namibia.

18 February 1985

69

Acquitted when the prosecutor announced the State would not proceed with the trial, as the case was based on "rumour and hearsay evidence"

1985

70

Brought Supreme Court application which made legal history when it led to first court-ordered release of detainees held under Section 29 of Internal Security Act.

1986

71

Honorary member of Black Sash, a South African women's anti-apartheid organisation.

1986

71

Honorary Doctor of Laws, De Paul University, Chicago

1986

71

Honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology, Santa Clara University, California

1987

72

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

1988

73

Honorary Doctorate, University of Leuven, Belgium

30 July 1989

73

Golden Jubilee of priestly ordination

1989

74

Durban Press Club: "Headliner of the Year"

23 June 1992

76

Resignation as Archbishop of Durban officially accepted on the appointment of his successor. Acting as Administrator of the Archdiocese until the installation of the new Archbishop.

4 October 1992

76

Retired when Bishop Wilfrid Napier OFM installed as Archbishop of Durban

1992

77

Appointed Parish Priest, Emmanuel Cathedral

1992

77

Freedom of the City of Durban

1993

78

Freedom of the City of Pietermaritzburg

1993-1998

78-83

Chancellor of the University of Natal

1993

78

Honorary Doctorate, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

1996

81

Honorary Doctorate, St. Paul's University, Ottawa

19 March 1997

81

Golden Jubilee of Episcopal ordination

1997

82

Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Onorificenza de Grande Ufficiale)

1998

83

Named Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation

10 June 1999

83

Order of Meritorious Service (Class 1), awarded by President Nelson Mandela

9 July 1999

83

Diamond Jubilee of priestly ordination

1999

84

Establishment of the Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Educational Trust by the University of Natal

2001

86

Golden Jubilee of appointment as Archbishop

2001

86

Honoured by the KwaZulu-Natal African Renaissance Committee as one of a number of community leaders invited to leave their handprint in a memorial in front of the Durban City Hall

2002

87

Retired as Parish Priest of Emmanuel Cathedral and went to live at Sabon House retirement home for Oblates of Mary Immaculate

13 February 2004

88

Died of cardiac arrest at Sabon House, Durban

27 February 2004

Civic Memorial Service, City Hall, Durban

28 February 2004

Buried in the Lady Chapel, Emmanuel Cathedral, after Requiem Mass at Absa Stadium, Durban