About the centre


Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has taken a passionate interest in the plight of young addicts and has committed himself to the creation of a residential care centre to reintegrate them back into society.

Will you join him in making this dream a reality?

The Centre will be the main legacy project of His Eminence Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM who will be retiring in 2018 after serving as Catholic Archbishop of Durban for 26 years.

It also gives expression to Pope Francis’s call for practical actions to carry forward the message of the Year of Mercy.

The Napier Centre 4 Healing will be a care facility for post- rehab addiction patients, offering an holistic approach to healing. The Centre will be open to all denominations and a strong effort will be made to help residents reconnect with their spiritual roots. The final phase of the programme will include training for employment of some kind, in order to give recovering addicts a sense of ownership of their own lives, together with purpose and hope for the future.

His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence Cardinal Napier

Our Goal


The project seeks to address an urgent need. There are literally thousands of people addicted to whoonga and other substances in Durban many of whom end up living on the streets. Those who do want to transform their lives cannot afford the prohibitively high costs of private rehabilitation centres. There are very few low-cost state-run facilities and their programmes are often too short.

Already our sister organisation, the Denis Hurley Centre, is working with street addicts to prepare them for rehab programmes in the only Government-funded centre that is available.

The Napier Centre will expand this into a bigger and more effective response so we can truly have an impact: for the addicts, for their families and for our city.

Building on site ready for refurbishment

Prayer forLiberation fromAddiction


Most merciful Father, give strength, we ask you, to all our children who are held bound by the chains of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Bless them with perserverance in their fight to be free. May they reach out and receive the help they need to take the first steps towards recovery. Give courage and hope to their families, friends and communities, and draw them close together in the power of your mercy and love. May your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who came to him in need, assist all who today accompany and care for those who suffer from addiction. Grant them understanding but above all, love that endures and transforms all things. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Join me in praying for the liberation from addiction

+ Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM

Zibandakanye nami sikhulekele ukukhulwa kwabahaqwe izidakamizwa


Baba onumusa kakhulu, nika amandla, siyakunxusa, kubo bonke abantwana bakho abashowe amaketanga engcindezi yezidakamizwa nophuzo olundakayo. Babusise banyamezele empini abayilwayo yokuzikhulula. Sengathi bangazimisela ukwamukela usizo abaludingayo ukuze bathathe isinyathelo sokuqala esiyobaholela ekusindeni. Nika isibindi nethemba emindenini yabo,kubagane, nasemiphakathini ebese ubandonsela ndawonye ngamandla omusa nothando Iwakho. Sengathi iNdodana yakho, uJesu Kristo, eyasiza bonke ababeza kuyo beswele, ingasiza bonke labo okuthi namuhla banakekele futhi bahambele labo abahaqwe yingcindezi yezidakamizwa. Baphe ukuqonda, kodwa ngaphezu kwakho konke, baphe uthando olubekezelayo lushinthse zonke izinto. Sicela ngeNkosi yethu uJesu Kristo. AMEN

+ Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM

Support the Centre


The Cardinal has already donated a site – Ekukhanyeni, the place of light – which is a former Catholic boarding school near Verulam. The initial facilities are being prepared to accept our first guests early in 2018. A private donor has provided funds to start the process of refurbishment but several million will be needed in total for the whole site. Moreover, funding is needed so we can provide the sustainable one-year programme that is necessary. We estimate that it will cost R6,500-R7,000 per month for each guest. Thus, when full with 40 occupants we will need to raise over R3 million per year.

You can give funds, volunteer your professional services, offer building materials or give monthly supplies. If you reside outside of South Africa we gladly welcome your support and can assist you to do so. For help with any fundraising queries please contact Patricia Swartz on 072 118 9438 or patricia@napiercentre4healing.org.za

Banking Details


Bank FNB
Account Name Archdiocese of Durban
Account Number 50844491436
Account Type Cheque
Branch Code 221426
Reference Napier Centre 4 Healing

Contact Us


General Information
Fr Stephen Tully
Email: frstephen@napiercentre4healing.org.za

Contact: +27 72 118 9438

Fundraising
Patricia Swartz
Email: patricia@napiercentre4healing.org.za

Construction
Carl Emmanuel
Email: carl@napiercentre4healing.org.za