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Friday, August 19, 2016


(Some of the previous participants of the “Sing with One Voice” Concert, with a portrait of the late Archbishop Hurley)

Sing with One Voice is a choral music and dance concert featuring seven Catholic schools from the greater Durban area, as a fundraiser for the Denis Hurley Centre taking place at Emmanuel Cathedral on August 25.

Seven Durban Catholic schools are uniting to show their support for the now completed Denis Hurley Centre by presenting an evening of choral music at the Emmanuel Cathedral. The participating schools are: St Benedicts Pinetown, St Francis Mariannhill, Holy Family Glenwood, St Henry's Marist, Our Lady of Fatima Durban North, Maris Stella and Kwa Thintwa School for the Deaf (which was founded by Archbishop Hurley) 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 Catholic 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 exciting dances.

The Denis Hurley Centre is now complete. It has proven to become 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 is 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. Now that the building is complete, fundraising continues in earnest to equip, furnish and keep the centre staffed and open.

The concert takes place on August 25 at 18h00 at Emmanuel Cathedral, Entry is free and all are welcome. A collection will be taken for the Denis Hurley Centre. Safe parking is provided at the Cathedral.

Prior to the concert, there will be a free tour of the Denis Hurley Centre available from 17h00.