Denis Hurley Centre

The Denis Hurley Centre (DHC) is a living legacy to the life and witness of Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI. For 45 years he led the Catholic Church in Durban, becoming internationally known for his outspoken opposition to apartheid. Archbishop Hurley was also a significant figure in the Second Vatican Council from 1962-1965, which brought about profound changes in the Catholic Church. In his opposition to apartheid and his involvement in Church reform he stood for the universal values of justice, freedom, truth, reconciliation and peace. As a social activist Hurley worked passionately to help the Church become a “community serving humanity”. This is the purpose of the Denis Hurley Centre, with three related focuses for building social cohesion: care, education and community – particularly significant in one of the most challenging neighbourhoods of inner-city Durban, with a large number of vulnerable people. The Denis Hurley Centre each month supports thousands of South Africans and refugees from many other African countries who are poor, homeless, unemployed and sick. In line with the values and beliefs of Archbishop Hurley we are supported by and work closely with people from a wide range of faith traditions.


Address: 1 Cathedral Close
GPS Points: -29.85286, 31.02419
Site Contact Details: Steven Kotze
Durban Local History Museums
031 311 2239

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