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About Denis Hurley

Durban's Emmanuel Cathedral is to build a Denis Hurley Centre, if permission is granted by the Heritage Council (AMAFA) for the demolition of the run-down and dilapidated 104-year old Parish Centre.
It had been hoped that the Parish Centre which is C-listed in terms of its heritage quality, could be restored, but a thorough feasibility study has shown that that option would be prohibitively expensive, likely to cost more than double the cost of a new building with the same floor area.

The Denis Hurley Centre will provide:

  • A 24/7 outreach to refugees, street people, people living with HIV/AIDS and others in distress
  • Education and skills training for people of all ages, as well as venues for meetings, workshops and conferences in one of the most challenging neighborhoods of the city
  • Facilities for community-building in a highly diverse parish in downtown Durban
  • A resource centre including a library, bookshop, museum, and exhibition space housing collections associated with the life and witness of Archbishop Hurley
  • A coffee shop and catering facilities for a feeding scheme and for meetings and events
All of these facilities will help the Cathedral to be what its name "Emmanuel" suggests: a place where people, especially the poor and marginalised, can have a tangible experience that "God is with" them and that their human dignity is respected and honoured. It will help the Cathedral parish realise a dream of Archbishop Hurley's that the Church should be a "community serving humanity".

If you would like to contribute to this exciting project, please make a donation directly into the DENIS HURLEY CENTRE FUND. The bank details are:

Bank Details:

Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Branch Code: 221426
Account name: Denis Hurley Centre
Account Number: 62204261002
Swift Code: FIRNZAJ659

After making a donation, please post, fax or email the receipt and your contact details so we can acknowledge your contribution:
The Denis Hurley Centre
Emmanuel Cathedral
cnr Cathedral Road and Denis Hurley Street

For further information, including how you can become a "Friend of the Denis Hurley Centre", phone: Jean-Marie at 031-3012240/0725490338 or Fax: 031-3063597 attention Jean-Marie or Email: admin@denishurleycentre.co.za

Video Clips of Launch of DHC

(This link takes you to the religion page of SA TVChannel website)

Top Leaders Support Denis Hurley Centre

Seventeen top leaders have accepted Cardinal Wilfrid Napier's invitation to join him as Patrons of the Denis Hurley Centre at Durban's Emmanuel Cathedral. Amongst the newly-appointed Patrons are:
  • Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Archbishop Jabulani Nxumalo OMI, Archbishop of Bloemfontein
  • Bishop Kevin Dowling CSsR, Bishop of Rustenburg and a second cousin of Archbishop Hurley
  • Dr Ben Ngubane, Chair of the SABC Board
  • Paddy Meskin, National President of the World Council of Religions for Peace
  • Rabbi Hillel Avidan of Temple David, Durban
  • Advocate AB Mahomed SC, Chair of the Juma Musjid (Great Mosque)
  • Professor Fatima Meer, noted activist
  • Professor Phillip Tobias, internationally renowned palaeontologist
  • Rev Dr Khoza Mgojo, former President of the SACC and of the Methodist Conference
  • Judge Leona Theron of the KwaZulu-Natal Bench of the High Court
  • Monsignor Paul Nadal, former Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Durban; and
  • Canon Christopher Tuckwell, Administrator of Westminster Cathedral, London.
The Patrons will not form a decision-making structure for the Denis Hurley Centre but will be requested to use their influence and contacts to "open doors" for the Centre.