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Monday, August 18, 2014


(With Pinkie Mtshali of Emmanuel Cathedral (pink shirt) are Bianca Njoka from Holy Family College; Genevieve Ducray from Maris Stella; Sipho Moorosi from St Benedict; Thabiso Phakathi from Kwa Thinthwa School for the Deaf (with spectacles) and Nosipho Ndaba from Holy Family College. At the back are Lethiwe Ntaka from Kwa Thinthwa School for the Deaf and Georgina Brink from Maris Stella)

My Redeemer Liveth, a choral music and dance concert on August 21 featuring five Catholic schools from the greater Durban area, is a fundraiser for the Denis Hurley Centre.

Five Durban Catholic schools are uniting to show their support for the soon-to-be-completed Denis Hurley Centre by presenting an evening of choral music at the Emmanuel Cathedral. Participating schools are Maris Stella Convent from the Berea; Holy Family College in Glenmore; St Francis College in Mariannhill, St Benedict School in Pinetown and the KwaThintwa School for the Deaf in Inchanga who will present a special concert of much-loved sacred choral music.

In 2012, a group of Grade 11 girls from Maris Stella visited the projects at the Cathedral and were so impressed by the work with refugees, homeless and unemployed people, as well as those with HIV/AIDS, that they decided to do something to help. So they approached other schools in the greater Durban area to join them in a concert of sacred music. The music will be complemented by learners from KwaThintwa who will perform a programme of dances. The concert is co-ordinated by Maris Stella and hosted by the Cathedral’s Pinkie Mtshali.

Nearing completion, The Denis Hurley Centre will provide an enabling environment for care, education and community building in one of the most diverse and challenging neighbourhoods of downtown Durban, close to the busiest road and rail transport hub in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Denis Hurley Centre will be a legacy project honouring Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI who was Bishop and Archbishop of Durban from 1947 to 1992. He played a significant role in opposing apartheid and promoting the vision of just a society. In serving the poorest and most marginalised citizens of Durban, the Denis Hurley Centre will live out Archbishop Hurley's dream that the Church would be a "community serving humanity"

Volunteers from the Cathedral have tirelessly campaigned for years to get sufficient funds to build such an ambitious building as the DHC – a huge ask in the current financial climate. Once sufficient funds have been sourced to complete the building, fund-raising continues in earnest to equip, furnish and staff the centre.

My Redeemer Liveth takes place at Emmanuel Cathedral on August 21 at 17h30 for 18h00. Entry is free and all are welcome! A collection will be taken for the Denis Hurley Centre and refreshments will be on sale after the concert. For further information, contact Paddy Kearney 031 201 3832 / 072 806 4417.