Public Lecture: Raymond Perrier (Denis Hurley Centre)

18 April 2016
Public Lecture: Raymond Perrier (Denis Hurley Centre)

A new multi-faith landmark building

in the heart of one of Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities,
the Denis Hurley Centre in Durban stands
as a place of Care, Education and Community
especially for the poor, the refugees and the homeless. 
Raymond Perrier is the first Director of the Centre,
the position he accepted in 2015 after working for 5 years
as a Director of the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg.

Join us for an exciting evening. Let our imagination be kindled
so that the 'Year of Mercy' becomes more than a mere slogan.
A summary from the presenter:
"Lots of photos and stories, some theology, very little academic stuff..."
Not to be missed!


Event Details

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 19:00 

St Augustine's Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB

*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated




Raymond Perrier, Director of the Denis Hurley Centre

Early in 2015, Raymond was appointed by Cardinal Napier as the first Director of the Denis Hurley Centre – a brand new community centre in the heart of Durban working with different faith groups to help the poor and marginalised of the city. This landmark building has very quickly established its reputation within the city as a place of care, education and community, responding in particular to the xenophobia crisis and to the issues of drug addiction and homelessness. 

For 5 years before this, Raymond was Director of the Jesuit Institute - South Africa, working with a team of lay people and Jesuit priests to bring a faith perspective to debates on social issues and to lead adult formation programmes.  In this work, he partnered with the National School of Government, several national and international business schools and the Origins Centre of Wits University and also convened the Hope & Joy Network which brought together a range of almost 50 Catholic organisations. 

For 6 years, Raymond was a trainee Jesuit Priest. This included 2 years living and working in a refugee camp in Uganda as Project Director for the Jesuit Refugee Service serving 60,000 Sudanese refugees with pastoral support and education.  After leaving the Jesuits, Raymond became the Head of Communities for CAFOD, a leading UK Catholic NGO which raises c. $80 million per year for development and emergency relief. 

Raymond’s initial professional formation was in marketing consultancy, working for Interbrand with companies such as SAB Miller, American Express, British Airwards, IBM and BP.  He developed with Business Week an annual league table on the world’s most valuable brands and pioneered a global consulting practice in brand valuation.  He later went on to be the Managing Director of the New York office of Interbrand with a staff of 160. 

Raymond holds an MA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford, an MA in Philosophy from the University of London, and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.  He speaks French, Italian, Spanish and German and is a frequent writer and commentator in newspapers, radio and television.