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“I have come that you may have life: life in all its fullness.” John 10:10

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  • A range of donors and volunteers for Madiba
  • DHC team visit the  Durban Holocaust & Genocide Centre
  • Volunteers from around the world
  • A variety of Cultural Activities on offer

  • Positive news in the fight against AIDS
  • Chiropractors changing lives for free
  • Prestigious venue for our booksellers
  • The return of Street Store

Blessings at Pentecost for our Jewish and Christian readers 
  • London Reception celebrates 10 years
  • Threat to put 550 homeless back on the streets
  • Synod discussions from non-Catholic leaders
  • What the homeless really want from churches

  • Aftermath of the Durban Floods
  • Sharing Ramadan with our neighbours
  • An invitation to honour an un-sung hero
  • Support the Napier Centre's Unity Walk

Wishing many blessings to our Jewish, Christian and Muslim readers at the start of this holy season
  • March was TB Awareness Month
  • A sad story and a happy ending
  • Visit to the DHC and the Mosque by the US CG
  • DHC in books and journals

Wishing many blessings to our Christian readers as the 40 days of Lent begin
  • Feedback on Annual Stakeholders' Meeting
  • Winners of the Barry Wood Award
  • New Patrons announced for SA and UK
  • Counting the homeless in Census 2022

  • Chance to nominate for the Barry Wood Award
  • Work-ready training
  • Botanic Gardens steps in to help
  • African Jesuits have an experience as interns


Christmas Greetings and Prayers for a happy and safe New Year
  • Report back on 2021 Finances
  • Step up in supporting TB patients
  • Imposition of the pallium
  • News on our staff
  • Our tribute to +Desmond Tutu

  • Local Government Elections
  • National Conversation about Homelessness
  • Remembering deceased friends and supporters
  • A bookseller is inspired and inspires others

  • Dialogue between Politicians and Homeless
  • Religious leaders welcome 2 new bishops
  • Visits from Overseas Supporters
  • Passing of Elizabeth Mkame
  • Religious leaders in conversation
  • Prof Gini meets Catholic Business
  • Death of a Patron and friend

  • Registering Homeless citizens as Voters
  • Launch of National Homeless Manifesto
  • Progress on COVID Vaccinations
  • Sharing the experiences of Lockdown
  • Visit by the new Archbishop of Durban
  • Homeless vaccinated at the DHC
  • Celebrating Paddy Kearney
  • Loss of a noble woman in Women's Month
  • Back to work after the Durban riots
  • What do you do with 6,000kg of fresh produce?
  • Vaccinations and booksellers
  • Some relevant media stories

Durban has been rocked by destruction, mayhem and fear over the last week
  • What is it like on the ground?
  • As we plan to resume services, how can you help?
  • What is the longer term vision?

Wishing the best of health to all our readers around the world, coping with lockdowns and 3rd waves, or waiting for vaccines.

  • CAPRISA donation supports our Clinic work
  • Law Students and the rights of the homeless
  • Digital Empowerment for the under-5s
  • Links with the Methodist community

Wishing blessings to our Jewish, Christian and Muslim readers for the feasts they have been celebrating this month
  • Interfaith Iftar during Ramadan
  • A wide range of Staff Training
  • Fundraising to feed the Homeless
  • Links with Fatima Convent School
  • Books, Homes and Awards for Street Lit
  • New Oblate Priests following +Hurley
  • Music unites people on Freedom Day
  • Feedback on Durban Holy Week
  • Wishing you Blessings of Passover and Easter
  • Durban Holy Week - online and offline
  • Lenten Reflection
  • Looking back on 12 months of COVID

  • First-ever 'Virtual' Hurley Weekend
  • Winners of Barry Wood Award
  • Destruction in Dalton once again
  • Acknowledgement of the work of Belinda Scott, our Deputy Mayor
  • The sad loss of an old friend
  • The tragic loss of a new friend
  • Friends in the UK celebrating 10 years
  • A Virtual AGM to connect with our many friends


  • Review of a very difficult year
  • Acts of Reconciliation
  • Feeding the Homeless - 170,000 times!
  • Thank you to our 2020 donors
  • National Conversation about Homelessness
  • Honouring the Departed
  • Clinic Review
  • 5 years of the Centenary Club
  • Urban Ministry Consultation
  • Catholic Healthcare Network
  • Job Creation programmes
  • New Papal Encyclical
  • News on the DHC Trustees
  • The Health Situation in Central Durban
  • Training Programmes Start Again
  • A New Chapter for StreetLit
August 2020
  • Webinar on Corruption to honour Paddy
  • Time of Reflection for the DHC Team
  • On-line AGM for our UK Support Association
  • Closer links to the 'Southern Cross'
  • Report back and Closure of COVID Appeal
  • Large-scale Interfaith Feeding in the CBD
  • Update on the Emergency Shelters
  • Cardinal Napier marks 50 years as a Priest
  • Most of our Emergency residents move on
  • Gratitude from the Street Lit Booksellers
  • Improvements to our website
  • Access to radio interviews
  • Moving with caution - as South Africa moves this week into Level 3 lockdown.
  • Busy Religious people. For the last 9 weeks of lockdown faith communities have not been idle. In fact, their role has been life-saving.
  • Being in the Zoom room . If you have a group that is meeting virtually – anywhere in the world – and want some input from the Denis Hurley Centre please let us know
  • Story-telling, on and off line. Short (20 minute) You Tube movie 'No Kings of the Street' (a cautionary tale of life on the streets) was made entirely by a cast and crew staying under lockdown at the DHC
  • DHC continues to help the homeless during lockdown - and beyond
  • Partner organisations aiming to feed those in need - Raising funds for Hope Vouchers
  • Arts events you can support on-line - Jazz Fundraiser for the DHC
  • The real stories behind the stats - Durban stories from photo-journalist Samora Chapman and the Daily Maverick. Coming soon - Online exhibition and sale of Nikhil Tricam’s drawings and Samora’s photographs.
  • Our Street Lit vendors have more great books to buy on line
  • What happens after the end of Stage 1?
  • Partners appealing for food parcels
  • Further developments in the shelters
  • The General Appeal for the Homeless
  • Just some of the many generous donors
  • Great arts activities to enjoy at home
  • Healthcare is a key part of our focus
  • Hope and Empathy in a time of anxiety
  • Reading on- and off-line: to inform & delight
  • Our Appeal to You
Click here for the longer theological reflection by our Director on his experience of Holy Week referred to the April Update.
March 2020 - Coronavirus and our response
  • The DHC has been in the news a lot lately
  • Following Denis Hurley in responding to a crisis
  • The immediate need for the homeless and our response
  • What do we need?: funds, certain goods and personnel
  • A Jazzy Valentine's Afternoon
  • Exploring new strategies of policing
  • Ela Gandhi meeting Pope Francis
  • The Hurley Weekend - annual stakeholders meeting, and presentation of the Barry Wood Award.
  • Lessons from Cape Town about supporting the homeless
  • New computers for our training room
  • Changes in the clinic and need for funds
  • Street Lit booksellers show the power of partnership


  • Celebrating Mgr Paul Nadal
  • Employment for the Homeless
  • Budgeting for the New Year
  • Four Faiths come together to show their commitment to Reconciliation
  • Remembering Paddy Kearney and Denis Hurley
  • National Network Meeting in Bloemfontein
  • ‘Life in its fullness’, the performing arts and the DHC - Junior Catholic Schools Concert
  • Marking one year since the passing of our founder, Paddy Kearney
  • SA melodies in an English cathedral
  • Talks and connections in the USA
  • Partnership with the Hindu community
  • ‘Street Lit’ (our bookseller project) gets endorsement from a national corporate, and local politicians.
  • Jervis Pennington and Rev. Paul Verryn: Homeless celebrity and Christian activist
  • Homeless 101: Story Sessions and sad news of a death.
  • Our Dalton preschool: Children celebrating heritage
  • EThekwini Homeless Task Team: New energy from a new executive committee.
  • DHC street bookselling initiative receives national award
  • Defending the rights of the homeless
  • The NapierCentre is now open for residents: supporting recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration
  • Ceremonial handover of our mobile clinic
  • Our Director reports back to City Hall
  • Working with Schools in different ways
  • Volunteers help us broaden our Services
  • Homeless 101: A powerful photo essay with national and international reach.

June 2019

  • Thank you for giving warmth, comfort and hope this winter
  • Big brands supporting young entrepreneurs
  • Artistic inspiration through dance
  • Continuing our partnership with the Grace Family Church

May 2019

  • Safer Cities - Learning from Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • Sharing Ramadan
  • Follow on from the Elections
  • A chance to support ‘comrades’ united across the generations - sponsor our Comrades Marathon runner

May 2019 election special edition

April 2019

  • Theological reflections on our work
  • The rights of homeless people defended on the front page of ’The Mercury”.
  • Stories of volunteering and fundraising from unexpected sources
  • Homeless voters get a chance to ask questions from the political parties

March 2019

  • The Dalton site - some progress, some signs of hope and lots of promises
  • Free Coaching Services while enjoying the cafe
  • Winterhoop - Ecumenical initiative for the poor
  • Lenten Reflection in the Gardens

February 2019

  • Hurley Weekend - including the Director’s report to stakeholders of the Denis Hurley Centre at the AGM. (Click here for the summary document).
  • Barry Wood Award winners
  • Valentine's Day in the cafe
  • News from the Napier Centre
  • Lots planned for DHC AGM noon 23 February - and our financial needs for 2019
  • Political Empowerment of the Homeless
  • Learning from peers across the country
  • Leanne and friends to swim the Midmar Mile


  • 200 attend Public Workshop on Homelessness
  • 4th Annual Meal of Reconciliation unites people
  • New Cafe staffed by deaf students officially opened
  • An Acting Chair for the DHC Trust.
  • Dedicated to the life and memory of Paddy Kearney

  • International Street Medicine Conference
  • Visit to DHC projects by the Irish Ambassador
  • Links between Hurley and 2 new saints
  • An extraordinary blessing from the Tibetan Buddhists

  • Women's Wellness Workshops
  • 'Carte Blanche' program's impact
  • Heritage Day at Dalton pre school
  • ‘She rises, we rise!’ - A celebration by women of women of all backgrounds
  • Our Mandela celebrations draw to a close
  • Almost 300 learners 'sing with one voice'
  • Partnerships with the Muslim community
  • Sad death of one of our Face2Face students
  • A proper clinic so we can ‘boldly go where no nurse has gone before’
  • Marathon running for the poor
  • Mandela Day at the DHC
  • Durban - City of literature
  • Street Store - a range of partners working together to serve the poor
  • Electronic Arts around the DHC
  • Inter-faith Breaking of the Fast
  • News on the Napier Centre 4 Healing
  • Mandela:100 years - 100 days - 100 ways
  • Papal medal for Paddy Kearney
  • Training program inspired by a song
  • St Augustine's Cafe gets a refit
  • Music of two different styles, to praise God and inspire the People
  • Joyful Mural for Dalton Clinic
  • Durbanites discover Durban
  • Volunteer Doctors from the UK
  • Promoting the Denis Hurley Centre in the UK
  • Lenten Reflection in the Botanical Gardens
  • Play about Migrant Women on tour around Durban
  • Deaf Awareness and Sign Language classes every Friday
  • Dr Stephen Carpenter’s talk on ‘Street medicine’
  • Winners of the first Barry Wood Award
  • Thembi - our blind tour guide
  • St Henry's alumnus inspires others
  • Denis Hurley Centre finances in 2017 and 2018
  • New fundraising campaign for the Clinic
  • Launch of new artwork in the Gandhi-Luthuli Hall
  • Overnight retreat with teenagers from Morningside


  • Feeding the Homeless over Christmas
  • National Conversation on Homelessness
  • Paddy Kearney on TV on Sunday 31 Dec at 10am
  • Third annual Meal of Reconciliation
November 2017
  • 21st Annual Hurley Lecture with Bishop Rubin
  • New award to honour Bishop Barry Wood
  • Budgeting and Fundraising for 2018
  • ‘Their story is my story’ - a play about migrant women
  • The Lutheran bishop who welcomed the Pope is in turn welcomed by our Cardinal
  • Health education for Women
  • Opening of Gandhi Memorial
  • Evita in Hurley shweshwe
  • Dedication of the Paul Nadal Garden
  • Annual Senior Schools Concert
  • AGM of UK Denis Hurley Association
  • Generous support from Corporates
  • Our Dalton Clinic opened by the Cardinal
  • Appeal for Napier Centre 4 Healing
  • Pilgrimage around the Midlands
  • Pilgrimage around Durban
  • 450 people Dare2Share the evening and the night
  • Mandela Day for staff and guests
  • US Jesuit talks about Addiction
  • Use of the Gandhi-Luthuli Hall
  • Paper money starts to change the face of Durban
  • Street Store at the Cathedral attracts 1,060 customers
  • Jews & Christians join Muslims to break the fast
  • 2 ways to get to know the homeless of Durban
  • Academic recognition for Paddy Kearney
  • Dare2Share - save the date: 14 July
  • Winter Living Theology: July
  • Hurley pilgrimage - 5 and 12 August
  • Celebrating freedom the Denis Hurley way
  • Visitors and volunteers from different religions
  • Thank you to our many corporate donors
  • Hurley's legacy: in the Academy & on the streets
  • A full-time clinic for Dalton - almost!
  • Bringing sight to the blind
  • ‘Songs of Freedom' for Freedom Day
  • Inauguration of the Hurley shrine
  • Opening of Hurley Exhibition
  • Junior Schools Choir Concert
  • Launch of City Conservancy
  • AGM - Sharing good news from 2016
  • Funding for the Usizo Lwethu-Afrisun Clinic
  • Catholic Junior Schools Choir Concert: 23 Feb
  • Hurley Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Paris & Rome
  • HURLEY WEEKEND (11/12 Feb): Opening of the Exhibition, AGM and Memorial Masses


  • A bumper year for the Clinic
  • Israeli volunteers over Christmas
  • DHC in the media spotlight
  • Meal of Reconciliation - 250 people sit down and eat together
  • Sharing our traditions
  • Hurley lecture and choral bursary
  • Year of Mercy pilgrimages
  • The Social Meal Project — our Christmas Fundraising Initiative
October 2016
  • Visit by the Deputy Mayor
  • Gifts to help the unemployed
  • The Social Meal Project
  • 21st Annual Hurley Memorial Lecture
  • Inner City Regeneration
  • First Holy Communion Gifts
  • The Social Meal Project
  • Celebrating our heritage in different ways in ‘Heritage Month’
July 2016
  • Help the homeless save the planet
  • A voice for the voiceless on Al Jazeera
  • Two great events in August
  • Welcome to a new staff member and a new area of focus

  • The vision of an AIDS- Free Generation
  • Thousands of butterflies from yoghurt pots
  • Understanding the health education message

  • Hurley shweshwe goes round the world
  • Bridging the divide for Father's day
  • Flying free from HIV:the Butterfly Project at DHC
  • Helping in Dalton and advocating for change
May 2016
  • Volunteer Doctors helping the poor
  • Collaboration with Muslim community
  • Cathedral Mall a building site
  • Dare2Care: 800 sleep out together on the streets of Durban