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Memoirs of Archbishop Emeritus George Francis Daniel
Christian lives in Africa series 3

Born in Pretoria in 1933 to a family rich in ecumenical connections, George Daniel became a priest in the Anglican Church before making the difficult decision to enter the Catholic Church. He was ordained a Catholic priest after training in Rome, and returned to serve in the Pretoria Archdiocese as a parish priest. In 1975 he was appointed Archbishop of Pretoria. In the 34 years he served in this position, he played an important role in promoting ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue. His retirement ministry has focussed on pastoral care to the disabled. 
In this fascinating memoir, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel looks back with much wit and good humour on a long career, sharing charming stories of a full and enriching life of faith.
2015 pb 264pp R174.00

The Tibhirine Journal of a Martyr Monk (1993 - 1996)
Christophe Lebreton

Christophe Lebreton, OSCO (1950-1996), was the youngest of the seven Trappist monks assassinated in Algeria by terrorists in 1996. Their story has been dramatized in the film Of God's and Men. Christophe abandoned his law studies to become a monk in France in 1974.  Aspirations to radical poverty led him to the simplicity of the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, to which he transferred in 1987. There, along with his brothers, he cultivated a peace and mutual understanding in a climate of extreme political upheaval.He begain writing poetry and keeping an ardent prayer journal four months before the terrorists' first visit to the monastery, and the journal ends just seven days pirior to the monks' kidnapping. The rural Algerian setting, at a particularly tragic juncture in the country's history, transfigured the soul of the man and the monk, a process that may be glimpsed in the diary entries.
2014 pb 210pp + black and white illus R284.00


John L Sullivan

Fr Odilo Weeger, from the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries lived through an era of profound changes, and uplifted and encouraged countless people on the way. Acknowledged as one of Zimbabwe's great personalities, he was a dedicated and devout Catholic missionary, who travelled from Europe, making his way to the brave new world that was evolving rapidly into the 'Jewel of Africa'.
"The author grippingly depicts the tragic Rhodesian war and the Church's heavy losses in personnel and property during the conflict. Such was Fr Odilo's world, a world he had devoted himself to without reserve. This is an adventure story that will keep you reading and, simultaneously, help you understand how God's grace can drive individuals to overcome adversity in the desire to serve the Kingdom of Heaven..."- Michael Shackleton, The Southern Cross Catholic Newspaper, Cape Town
2009/2013 pb 438pp R240.00

Selected correspondence of Denis Hurley
Edited by Philippe Denis, Paddy Kearney and Jane Argall
Christian Lives in Africa series 6

Denis Hurley OMI is widely regarded as the most influential South African Catholic in modern times. He was the youngest Bishop in the world when appointed in 1946 and the longest serving when he retired 45 years later. 
Throughout his long life he was a prolific letter writer, from thousands of his letters to family, friends and a wide range of people in powerful positions. 251 of these letters have been selected for this volume. 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 seventy years.
                                2018 pb 542pp R260.00

Denis Hurley: Renewing the Church, Opposing Apartheid
Paddy Kearney

Born in Cape Town in 1915 of Irish parents, he become the youngest Catholic bishop in the world in 1947 at 31 and archbishop of Durban in 1951. He was a courageous opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime for 50 years, dubbed "an ecclesiastical Che Guevara" by an SA official and "guardian of the light" by Alan Paton. He was a champion of the reforms and "spirit" of Vatican II.
"This book informs and inspires. The keenness of Archbishop Hurley's mind was matched only by the greatness of his heart, the humor of his wit, the twinkling of his eye, the courage of his soul. For those who knew him, this text carefully fills in gaps in his story with documentation and personal interviews. For those who did not, a treat awaits as they meet this fascinating "lighthouse" person of faith."- Elizabeth Johnson, Professor of Theology, Fordham University"Archbishop Denis Hurley's life, a life of immense courage, deep spirituality and prophetical leadership, deserves to be more widely known not only in South Africa, but throughout the world."- Albert Nolan, OP, author
2009 hc 382pp illus R395.00