The official launch of the Denis Hurley Association took place in Westminster, on the evening of 23rd November 2012. It was hosted by Bishop John Arnold, who represented Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, among the patrons, were Baroness Shirley Williams, MP, Fr. Ray Warren OMI Provincial; honoured guests included Fr. Stephen Tully, Administrator of the Durban Cathedral and Ms Bongiwe Qwabe, Deputy Commissioner for South Africa Julian Filochowski, Ms Bongiwe Qwabe and Sister Ann Cunningham at the launch
Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley OM I, died in 13 February 2004. Eight years later the memory of the great man is still very much alive and well He was among the most significant Fathers of Vatican Council 11.
He opposed Apartheid in South Africa at risk to life and limb. He worked tirelessly alongside the poor and destitute;
He was loved and admired, but, above all, he inspired many people to “do likewise”.
The Association aims to keep the memory of Archbishop Hurley alive and to support, financially and spiritually, the Denis Hurley Centre in Durban. Thousands of people in need flock to the Centre regularly.
The hungry are fed. People living on the streets are provided with clothing and given an opportunity to shower. Asylum seekers are offered emergency accommodation.
Volunteer medics treat the sick, more especially adults and children who are HIV Aids sufferers. Job seekers are helped to find work and offered training. Refugees, often in trauma, seek pastoral care.
The Denis Hurley Centre, Durban, built as a school in 1903, is tired and no longer fit for purpose. A new purpose built complex is about to be erected. Finances are always needed to keep the works of mercy going. The miracle is that somehow things keep ticking over…just about.
Those who came to the launch of the Denis Hurley Association were generous. Every penny counts.
A lasting memory: During my visit in Feb 2012 I saw two poor older women coming to the “Soup Kitchen” one carrying a loaf of bread and the other a tin of beans. This was their contribution to the feeding scheme.
The Association applauds all “widows’ mites”; all prayers said with compassion and love and all volunteers who lend a helping hand with generous hearts.