Special events in store to commemorate anniversary of Archbishop Hurley’s death

2014-01-29 00:00

A FOUR-DAY celebration is set to take place in memory of Archbishop Denis Hurley, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.

Special events will be held from February 13 to 16 and will take place at various venues and be supported by four partner organisations — Diakonia Council of Churches; the Denis Hurley Peace Institute; the Justice and Peace; and the Denis Hurley Centre.

A focus of this year’s celebrations is the Denis Hurley Centre being constructed alongside Emmanuel Cathedral in the Durban CBD. This multi-purpose community facility will promote extensive outreach and training for the homeless, unemployed and refugees and provide primary health care as well as community-building programmes.

The Denis Hurley Centre is a legacy project honouring Hurley, who was bishop and archbishop of Durban from 1947 to 1992. He played a significant role in opposing apartheid and promoting the vision of a just society.

• February 13, at 5.30pm — the anniversary of Hurley’s death — the foundation stone for the centre will be blessed by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier with interfaith prayers by Ela Gandhi (Hindu); A.V. Mahomed (Muslim) and Paddy Meskin (Jewish). This will be followed at 6 pm by a memorial mass in Emmanuel Cathedral celebrated by Napier.

• February 14, 6 pm,Diakonia Centre — Hurley Lecture by Sean O’Leary, director of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI). The topic is “Justice, Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness through an African Lens”.

• February 15 — Workshop on “Lessons from peace-making in other parts of Africa” from 2 to 5 pm at the Diakonia Centre. At 5.30 pm there will be a mass in the cathedral, followed by a candlelight procession to Hurley’s tomb.

• February 16 — Three masses at the cathedral. 7.45 am: preacher Bishop Kevin Dowling; 9.45 am: preacher Fr Sylvester David; 11.45 am: preacher Bishop Abel Gabuza, Bishop of Kimberly.

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