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 wooden tealight holder with prayer, 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 help sink a well at St Raphael’s Mission.

For months, this small rural community has struggled without a regular water supply.

On a good day, the government water tanker arrives. People hurry to find containers and line up to get their share of  the precious liquid. The queue gets longer and longer, and those at the tail end have to wait hours … sometimes all day … hoping that the tanker won’t run dry before it’s their turn.

Mission priest, Father Faustin, was desperate to help. He investigated the viability of sinking a well on the Mission property. The good news is that there is water underground. All that is needed is for a well to be sunk. But the cost is way beyond this poor community.

As always, when we have a special need that requires funding, we turn to our Mission Patrons for help. Would you be kind enough to contribute towards the cost of sinking a well at St Raphael’s?

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’. The fact that there’s an underground water source waiting to be tapped into seems like a message from above.

So please will you make your Mission Patron gift now?

In return, your name will be inscribed on our 2021 Mission Patron Roll of Honour, you’ll receive a small tea light holder and prayer as a token of appreciation, and Cardinal Napier will say eight Masses especially for you. Please click the Masses tab above for more details.

Water is life

Your 2021 Mission Patron gift will go towards the sinking of a well at St Raphael’s Mission, where 2000 people live without access to piped water.

Water for life

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

24 August 2021 – St Bartholomew
15 September 2021 – Our Lady of Sorrows
18 October 2021 – St Luke Evangelist
30 November 2021 – St Andrew
13 December 2021 – St Lucy
24 January 2022 – St Frances De Sales
1 February 2022 – Blessed Benedict Daswa
17 March 2022 – St Patrick

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.