How to help


How to help


ven if you live far away in America, the UK or Europe, your concern and compassion can still touch the lives of underprivileged people here in South Africa.

Knowing there are others who understand and care means so much, not only to the people we strive to uplift, but also to our priests and sisters who leave their families and comfortable homes to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

Whether you make a financial contribution of any amount towards the cost of uplifting the Zulu people … pray for us … or think about making a bequest towards the work of the Church in South Africa, please don’t leave this page without doing something to help. Your support really does make all the difference! Thank you.

Donate online now

vcsThe easiest way to help is through a gift of cash which you can donate right now online from anywhere in the world by Visa or Master Card. Our system is safe and convenient.

Donate by cheque

If you prefer to make your gift by cheque/check, please use the addresses below.

Archdiocese of Durban
P O Box 102
South Africa

Donate by EFT

Donors in South Africa may make direct deposits into our bank account as follows:

Name of Account: Archdiocese of Durban
Bank: First National
Branch: Durban Main
Branch Code: 22-14-26
Account number: 50844491452

Please use your Surname as the beneficiary reference.

In any family, there are certain people on whom you know you can rely in times of need. In our Zulu Mission Family, those people are called Mission Patrons …

When that extra deserving project needs funding, and our resources can’t stretch that far, we know we can ask our Mission Patrons for help.

When those extra prayers need to be said, we know that our Mission Patrons will storm heaven with us.

Like some of the miracles in the life of Jesus … the turning of water into wine and the multiplication of loaves and fishes … Mission Patrons have a hand in miracles of change on the Zulu Missions.

Would you like to be one of them?

It means making a substantial annual gift – a minimum of £45, €70, $100 or ZAR1000. This additional money is used for a different upliftment project each year, which the Archdiocese would not normally be able to fund.

In return for their outstanding support, Mission Patrons receive a dedicated newsletter, a small palm wood cross with a Biblical message, and their names are inscribed in the Mission Patron Roll of Honour.

Click here to join the Mission Patrons now.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

This year, Mission Patrons are invited to give ‘water for life’.

Nothing can live without water. South Africa is no stranger to crippling drought, causing loss of livestock and crops. Since the Coronavirus pandemic, we are reminded that water is not only essential for drinking and cooking, but also for washing hands, to prevent infection and possible death.

Our dream is to install 5 000 litre water tanks at as many of our rural Mission stations as possible. So that when the rain does come, it can be harvested, and retained for use during drought.

Along with the tanks, we’d also like to buy several ‘water barrows’. In rural Africa, it’s a common sight to see women collecting water from the river and carrying it home in a bucket balanced on their heads.

If we could provide one or two of these specially adapted wheelbarrows at the tank sites, the women could use them to transport water more easily to their homes. It would save multiple journeys with a bucket, and make life so much easier for the mainly elderly grandmothers who collect the water.

As always, when we have a special need that requires funding, we turn to our Mission Patrons for help. Apart from the cost of the water tanks themselves, each needs to be installed on a concrete support, with piping, filters and tap fittings.

And the cost of all this – as well as the water barrows – is completely beyond our resources. But with your help as a Mission Patron, this dream can become reality.

Your exceptionally generous Mission Patron contibution of £45, US$100, €70 or ZAR1000 will be a huge help in providing the gift of ‘water for life’.

So please will you make your Mission Patron gift now? In return, your name will be inscribed on our 2020 Mission Patron Roll of Honour, you’ll receive a small wooden prayer cross as a token of our great appreciation, and Cardinal Napier will say six Masses especially for you. Please click the Masses tab above for more details.

Water for Life

Your 2020 Mission Patron gift will go towards the installation of water storage tanks on Missions where severe drought is frequent, and as many of these innovative  ‘water barrows’ as we can afford.

Instead of fetching water from the river and carrying it home one bucket at a time, the water barrows allow many litres to be transported easily.

Water for life

In gratitude for your Mission Patronage, Mass will be said for you on the following dates:

3rd July 2020 – St. Thomas Apostle
8th September 2020 – Birthday of Mary
15th October 2020 – St. Teresa of Avila
30th November 2020 – St. Andrew
21st January 2021 – St. Agnes
1st February 2021 – Blessed Benedict Daswa

Please diarise these dates so you can be ‘present in spirit’ as we pray for your special intentions.

“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” – Matthew 28:20


When Jesus left this world, what comfort these words must have given to His disciples. They knew that He would continue to care for them, beyond His earthly lifetime. And what comfort these words still give to us, as we journey through life.

In a much smaller way, when it is our turn to leave this world, we can also give comfort to those remaining, through our Will. By making provision for our loved ones, we assure them of our love and ongoing care.

In the same way, you can remember the Zulu Missions in your Will. By leaving a bequest, you not only ensure that your support of the missionary Church continues beyond your lifetime – the work you continue to support is a fitting memorial to your Christian life.

More information on Wills and Legacies is available in our free booklet, Using your Will to Celebrate the Blessings of your Life. Please note that this is intended as a guide only, and should not take the place of professional legal advice.

If you are considering a bequest to the Zulu Missions, please let us know. We would appreciate the opportunity to thank you, and to discuss with you how you would like your gift to be used. We would also like to send you our very useful Personal Affairs Record Book.



We value your prayers for our mission people, especially for converts undergoing instruction in preparation to be received into the faith; for those affected by HIV and AIDS; for children learning to live by Christian values; and for our priests and sisters many of whom go about their work in remote outstations.

If you would like to join our Prayer Circle, please email us.


If you know of anyone who might share your interest in the work of the Catholic Church in Africa, please guide them to our website. We have a wonderful 20 minute video showcasing the work of the Archdiocese which you can order and share with church, women’s or community groups.

To order a copy of the video, please email


Having people visit our projects, and show a personal interest in the challenges and achievements of the people concerned is hugely encouraging. If you are planning a visit to South Africa, and Durban in particular, we will happily arrange for you to visit the Missions to witness the work of the Archdiocese.

Please call us on +2731 303-1417 or email to make arrangements.