Rev. John J. Hurley, OSFS

Father John J. Hurley, OSFS, a professed Oblate of St. Francis de Sales for 56 years died on July 25, 2016 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center in Rising Sun, Maryland.

Father Hurley, son of the late John and Pauline Buckley Hurley was born in Wilmington, DE, in 1940.  He attended Christ Our King School in Wilmington, and after graduating from Salesianum School in 1958, he attended LaSalle College in Philadelphia.  In 1959, he entered the Oblate Novitiate and made his first profession of vows in 1960.  Father Hurley earned a bachelor of arts in history from Niagara University and a master of arts in political science from Villanova University.  He completed his studies for the priesthood at DeSales Hall School of Theology in Hyattsville, MD. He was ordained to the priesthood on October 26, 1968, at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by the Most Rev. John B. Miner, OSFS, Bishop of Keimoes-Uppington, South Africa.

Following ordination, Father Hurley taught social studies at Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA; Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, VA; and Father Lopez High School, Daytona Beach, FL.  For five years, Father Hurley served as a missionary in the Oblate Missions in South Africa.  In 1986 he became the associate mission procurator for the American Provinces of the Oblates, in addition to serving as their peace and justice advisor.  In 1993, he assumed the position of Mission Procurator.

“Father Hurley was a man committed to the Catholic social teaching with a deep devotion,” Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, Oblate provincial said.  “From his ministry as a teacher, missionary, Fr. Hurley sought to ensure that the dignity of all people was both honored and advanced.  As a national leader in the Model United Nations program, he ensured that young people learned the essential value of solidarity with our brothers and sisters throughout the world.”

Father introduced the Model United Nations program to many school systems in the East.  He has coached many Model U.N. National Championship Teams:  Archbishop Wood, Northeast Catholic, and Father Judge High Schools in Philadelphia, PA; Salesianum School and Padua Academy in Wilmington, DE; Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA; and Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach, FL.  Father was Director of DELMUN, the Delaware Model United Nations.

In addition to his Oblate religious community, Father is survived by his sister-in-law Leslie, wife of his late brother, Dan, and their daughter Alexis Banker.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 30, at 11 AM, at the Oblates’ Our Lady of Light Chapel, 1120 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD  21921.  Viewing will begin at 9 AM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oblate Development Fund, 2200 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, 19806.