Mark Joseph Hurley
|The Most Reverend
Mark Joseph Hurley
|Bishop of Santa Rosa in California|
|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|
December 13, 1919|
San Francisco, California
|Died||February 5, 2001
San Francisco, California
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
Early life and education
Mark Hurley was born in San Francisco, California, one of five children of Mark Joseph and Josephine (née Keohane) Hurley. One of his brothers, Francis Thomas Hurley, served as Bishop of Juneau (1971–76) and Archbishop of Anchorage (1976-2001). He received his early education at the parochial school of St. Agnes Church in his native city. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph's College in Mountain View, graduating in 1939. He then completed his theological studies at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park.
Hurley was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on September 23, 1944. He served as assistant superintendent of archdiocesan schools from 1944 to 1951. 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. 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). He was also assistant coordinator of the Archdiocesan Campaign of Taxation of Schools in California.
In 1962, Hurley was named a domestic prelate by Pope John XXIII and superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Stockton. He earned a Bachelor's degree in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome in 1963. 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. He also served as chancellor of the Diocese of Stockton during the same period. Following his return to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, he served as assistant chancellor from 1965 to 1969. For several years, he was on a San Francisco television program, "Problems Please."
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
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
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
On November 21, 1967, Hurley was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and titular bishop of Thunusuda by Pope Paul VI. 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. His consecration was one of the first such liturgies to be celebrated in the vernacular. As an auxiliary bishop, he continued to serve as assistant chancellor of the archdiocese.
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. His installation took place at St. Eugene Cathedral on January 14, 1970. During his tenure, he implemented the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and worked to ensure the financial stability of the diocese.
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. He founded the Centro Pastoral Hispano and re-dedicated Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission. 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.
Later life and death
- "HURLEY, Most Reverend Mark J.". San Francisco Chronicle. 2001-02-08.
- "Archbishop Francis Thomas Hurley". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
- Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
- "Bishop Mark Joseph Hurley". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
- Bishop Hurley's CV comes from The Monitor, former newspaper for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 8 Jan 1970
- "Past Bishops of Santa Rosa". Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.
|Catholic Church titles|
Leo Thomas Maher
|Bishop of Santa Rosa in California
John Thomas Steinbock