Francis Thomas Hurley

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Francis Thomas Hurley (born January 12, 1927) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Anchorage from 1976 to 2001.[citation needed]


Francis Hurley was born in San Francisco, California, one of five children of Mark Joseph and Josephine (née Keohane) Hurley. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 16, 1951.

On February 4, 1970, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Juneau in Juneau, Alaska, and Titular Bishop of Daimlaig by Pope Paul VI.[citation needed] Hurley received his episcopal consecration on the following March 19 from Bishop Mark Hurley (his brother), with Bishops William McManus and Joseph Bernardin, a future cardinal, serving as co-consecrators.

He was later named the second Bishop of Juneau on July 20, 1971,[citation needed] being formally installed as such on the following September 8. During his tenure, Hurley expanded Catholic ministry in the smaller and more remote communities of the diocese, and helped implement the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, such as promoting more active roles for the laity.

Pope Paul appointed him the second Archbishop of Anchorage on May 4, 1976.[citation needed] Hurley was installed on July 8 of that same year, and remained in that position for twenty-four years, finally resigning on March 3, 2001.

Archbishop Hurley is also an airplane pilot.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Archbishop Emeritus of Anchorage
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Ryan
Archbishop of Anchorage
Succeeded by
Roger Schwietz, OMI
Preceded by
Robert O'Flanagan
Bishop of Juneau
Succeeded by
Michael Kenny
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Juneau
Succeeded by