Father John Hurley, CSP, was raised in Manhattan, the Bronx and Long Island, NY. He entered the Paulist Fathers in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He earned a B.A. in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.
Among his many assignments for the Paulist Fathers, Fr. Hurley served as pastor of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, CA; administrator of St. Austin Church in Austin, TX; executive director of the Paulist Fathers Office for Financial Development; director of Paulist Reconciliation Ministries; coordinator of strategic planning; and pastoral associate at St. Philip Neri Church, along with founding the Paulist Center for Catholic Evangelization in Portland, OR. He also served for more than 20 years on the Paulist General Council.
Fr. Hurley has worked extensively in evangelization leadership roles for the larger Church in the United States. He was executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization, where he served for almost nine years. He led the New York City-based National Pastoral Life Center and the Archdiocese of Baltimore Department of Evangelization. His service in Baltimore included co-chairing the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic Leaders.
Fr. Hurley continues to speak on evangelization and holds workshops, parish missions and retreats across the United States. In 2016, during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Fr. Hurley was delegated as a Missionary of Mercy, which was renewed indefinitely the following year.