The Lost Art of Letter Writing

This Friday sees the launch of A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley. The book, which consists of 250 letters penned by Archbishop Denis Hurley, took three years to compile with Paddy Kearney*, Brother Philippe Denis and Jane Argall making the selection from a massive 5000 letters written by the Archbishop between the ages of 11 and 88.

Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley was an outspoken opponent of apartheid, at a time when many religious leaders were more inclined to toe the line. The Denis Hurley Centre in Durban, which forms of the Liberation Heritage Route, is named in honour of Hurley, who is widely regarded as the most influental South African Catholic of modern times.

The letters reveal much about Hurley as a person and give unique insight into the dramatic events in both Church and state in South Africa over 70 years”, Paddy Kearney

The launch of A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley takes place this Friday the 9th November, on what would have been the Archbishop’s 103rd birthday. The event starts at 5.30pm, and is being held at St Joseph’s Parish on Florida Road. All three editors of the book will be in attendance. For further information please make contact with Paddy Kearney: pkearney@saol.com

* Paddy Kearney is the author of the biography, Guardian of the Light: Denis Hurley, Renewing the Church, Opposing Apartheid, which is available for purchase via the UKZN Press, or in e-book format from Amazon 

Cover image of Archbishop Denis Hurley courtesy omiusajpic.org

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