Press Release from Durham Diocese

Michael-LapsleyDurham Cathedral is offering a rare opportunity to hear and meet a priest who survived a letter bomb attack and subsequently launched a project for healing and reconciliation.

Fr Michael Lapsley’s story began in 1990 when the anti-apartheid activist from South Africa opened a letter bomb. He survived, but lost both hands and one eye.

In the years that followed, he has developed the Healing of Memories project, which has helped countless victims of apartheid to recover from their past ordeals.

His work has been honoured in many ways around the world and he has now written a book about his life as both freedom fighter and healer.

Fr Lapsley will be preaching in Durham Cathedral at 11.15am on Sunday 7th July.

He will also be speaking at a lunchtime event in the Cathedral’s Prior’s Hall. Admission is free and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Drinks are provided but please bring your own lunch. Admission is free and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. The event will begin at 1.15pm.

Fr Michael, who lives in South Africa, will talk about his journey and his work as a healer. Copies of his book, Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer, will be on sale.

Canon Stephen Cherry, who is arranging and hosting the event, said:

I have met Fr Michael a few times now and am always inspired not only by his story but also by his passion and his actual presence.

He lives with the wounds of violence and hatred every minute of every day and yet gives tirelessly of himself for the healing of others and for the good of all. This is a great opportunity to meet a person of real courage, vision and hope.

A 15 minute video ‘The Fr Michael Lapsley Story’ can be seen on You Tube:

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