Mark Joseph Hurley

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The Most Reverend

Mark Joseph Hurley
Bishop of Santa Rosa in California
See Santa Rosa
Installed November 19, 1969
Term ended April 15, 1986
Predecessor Leo Thomas Maher
Successor John Thomas Steinbock
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco (1968-69)
Ordination September 23, 1944
Consecration January 4, 1968
Personal details
Born (1919-12-13)December 13, 1919
San Francisco, California
Died February 5, 2001(2001-02-05) (aged 81)
San Francisco, California
Denomination Roman Catholic Church

Mark Joseph Hurley (December 13, 1919 – February 5, 2001) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Santa Rosa in California from 1969 to 1986.

Early life and education[edit]

Mark Hurley was born in San Francisco, California, one of five children of Mark Joseph and Josephine (née Keohane) Hurley.[1] One of his brothers, Francis Thomas Hurley, served as Bishop of Juneau (1971–76) and Archbishop of Anchorage (1976-2001).[2] He received his early education at the parochial school of St. Agnes Church in his native city.[1] He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph's College in Mountain View, graduating in 1939.[3] He then completed his theological studies at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park.[3]


Hurley was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on September 23, 1944.[4] He served as assistant superintendent of archdiocesan schools from 1944 to 1951.[3] In addition to his duties, he studied at the University of California for one year, and earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1947.[1] He served as the founding principal of Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland from 1951 to 1958, afterwards holding the same position at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield (1959–61).[1] He was also assistant coordinator of the Archdiocesan Campaign of Taxation of Schools in California.[3]

In 1962, Hurley was named a domestic prelate by Pope John XXIII and superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Stockton.[3] He earned a Bachelor's degree in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome in 1963.[1] From 1962 to 1965, he was a peritus, or theological expert, at the Second Vatican Council in Rome, where he served as an advisor to the commission on seminaries, universities, and schools.[1] He also served as chancellor of the Diocese of Stockton during the same period.[3] Following his return to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, he served as assistant chancellor from 1965 to 1969.[3] For several years, he was on a San Francisco television program, "Problems Please."[1]

Principal Assignments

Asst. Supt. of Schools, Archdiocese of San Francisco, 1944–51

Teacher, Serra High School, San Mateo, CA 1944

Principal, Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, CA, 1951–58

Supt. of Schools, Diocese of Stockton, 1962–65

Professor in graduate schools: Loyola University, Baltimore; University of San Francisco; San Francis(co?) College for Women; Dominican College; Catholic University of America.

Delegate, Conference on Psychiatry and Religion, San Francisco, 1957

Member of the Board, State of California Committee for the Study of Education, 1955–60

Delegate-at-Large, state of California, White House Conference on Youth, Washington, DC, 1960

Catholic delegate and observer, National Council of Churches (Protestant), Columbus, OH, 1964

Delegate to NCEA Education Conference of German and American Educators, Munich, Germany, 1960

Member of Commission on Seminaries, Universities, and Schools, Second Vatican Council, 1962–63, 1964–65, peritus to the Council, 1962–65

Member of NCEA delegation for study of education in Peru, 1965

Member, Liaison Committee of National Conference of Catholic Bishops (USA) with Priests' Senates

Member Commission on Christian Formation, United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, 1968

Member, Education, Committee of the Bishops of California, 1969

Other Assignments

Asst. archdiocesan coordinator of the Campaign on Taxation of Schools in California, 1958

Asst. archdiocesan coordinator, Rosary Crusade, 1948–51

Administrator, St. Eugene Church, Santa Rosa, CA, 1959

Chancellor, Diocese of Stockton, Californian diocesan consultor, 1962–65

Syndicated columnist, San Francisco, The Monitor, Sacramento Herald, Oakland Voice, Yakima Our Times, Guam Diocesan Press, 1949–66

"Faith of Our Father" weekly TV program speaker, 1956–58, San Francisco

"Problems Please," weekly TV program panelist, 1961–67

Member of US bishops' press panel, Vatican Council, Rome, 1964–65

Member of the US bishops' Committee on the Laity, Rome, 1964

Member of the US bishops' Committee on the Laity, Rome, Jewish Relations, 1964 through at least January 1970

Asst. chancellor, Archdiocese of San Francisco, 1965

Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Church, San Francisco, Nov. 7, 1967 through his installation as Bishop of Santa Rosa

Vicar general, Archdiocese of San Francisco, January 18, 1968 through his installation as Bishop of Santa Rosa

Chairman, Citizens' Committee for San Francisco State College, December 12, 1968.


Church State Relationships in Education in California, 1948, Washington, DC

Commentary on Declaration on Christian Education of Vatican II, 1966, Paulist Press, Glenn Rock, NJ

Report on Education in Peru, NCEA, Washington, DC, 1965

Informe Sobre La Educacion en Peru, Asoceacion Catholica de Educacion National, Washington, DC, 1965

Course of Studies for Elementary Schools, Social Studies, 1949, San Francisco

Articles for periodicals such as America, Catholic Education Review, Catholic School Journal, Hi Time, The Way Information, Maryknoll Magazine

Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, June 1969[5]


San Francisco[edit]

On November 21, 1967, Hurley was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and titular bishop of Thunusuda by Pope Paul VI.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on January 4, 1968 from Archbishop Joseph Thomas McGucken, with Bishops Hugh Aloysius Donohoe and Ernest John Primeau serving as co-consecrators.[4] His consecration was one of the first such liturgies to be celebrated in the vernacular.[6] As an auxiliary bishop, he continued to serve as assistant chancellor of the archdiocese.[3]

Santa Rosa[edit]

Following the transfer of Bishop Leo Thomas Maher to the Diocese of San Diego, Hurley was named the second Bishop of Santa Rosa on November 19, 1969.[4] His installation took place at St. Eugene Cathedral on January 14, 1970.[6] During his tenure, he implemented the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and worked to ensure the financial stability of the diocese.[6]

He established terms of office for pastors and associate pastors, opened a low-income senior residence, and created the Priests' Retirement Fund, Project Hope, and the Apostolic Endowment Fund.[6] He founded the Centro Pastoral Hispano and re-dedicated Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission.[6] He established two new parishes in his last five years as bishop, and ordained over a dozen priests and deacons in his last three years.[6]

Later life and death[edit]

After governing the diocese for sixteen years, Hurley resigned as Bishop of Santa Rosa on April 15, 1986.[4] He later died after an operation for an aneurysm in San Francisco, at age 81.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "HURLEY, Most Reverend Mark J.". San Francisco Chronicle. 2001-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Archbishop Francis Thomas Hurley". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Mark Joseph Hurley". 
  5. ^ Bishop Hurley's CV comes from The Monitor, former newspaper for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 8 Jan 1970
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Past Bishops of Santa Rosa". Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in California. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leo Thomas Maher
Bishop of Santa Rosa in California
Succeeded by
John Thomas Steinbock