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10th October 2017

Raymond Perrier Inspires Pupils to Make a Difference

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Raymond Perrier Inspires Pupils to Make a Difference

Last week, pupils in the College attended a talk by Raymond Perrier, the Director of the Denis Hurley Centre in Durban, South Africa and a former teacher of Religious Education, French and Italian at St. Aloysius’ College.

Prior to this, Mr Perrier served as the Director of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa, and worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service at Rhino Camp on the Ugandan-Sudanese border.

Pupils listened to Mr Perrier’s engaging talk, which introduced them to the work of the Denis Hurley Centre. Operating since January 2015, the Centre is a new building which continues a century-long tradition of using the site for Care, Education and Community.

Named after the former Archbishop of Durban Denis Hurley, the centre aims to continue the work of the religious leader by being, in his words, a "community serving humanity".

The projects are varied and include facilities as broad ranging as: providing free meals to homeless people; running clinics for those suffering from AIDs and drug-resistant TB; running English and Zulu lessons for refugees; and even hosting weddings for people of all faiths.

Thank you to Mr Perrier for coming to speak to our pupils, and demonstrating the core Jesuit value of being “men and women for others”.