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CA-Western Dominican Province-Very Rev. Mark C. Padrez, OP, Provincial

My experience working with Fr. Hurley has been a delight.  It was obvious that you spoke and led us from your rich experience of the Church and religious life.  Our men were impressed how quickly you grasped our situation and where we wanted to go.  Your approach was pastoral but rooted in the reality of the Church today.  There is no doubt that we benefited from your experience and dedication to make the Church a Church envisioned by Pope Francis that goes where there is the greatest need to hear the Word of God.


“It was a prayer-filled parish mission and an encounter with the living Jesus Christ.  Parish leader’s contacted Fr. Hurley over a year before the Catholic Community of Pleasanton was to embark on a Lenten mission.  From the outset, the planning was fluid and as we approached the season of Lent, the framework for the three days were in place.  Because of the early collaboration and planning, the parish worship team was able to craft elements of Fr. Hurley’s reflections into the Lenten worship.  By the time he arrived for the mission, the community was excited to hear and experience what had been anticipated.  Fr. Hurley offered three days of spiritual reflections that captured the wisdom of long time parishioners as well as the energy of our high school youth.  Time was spent meeting parishioners over the course of the days for spiritual direction and he met with the pastoral team to discuss evangelization strategies.   I would strongly recommend him as a retreat leader and a group facilitator.  The days in Pleasanton are fondly remembered; disciples of Jesus emerged.” 

CA-St. Michael's Catholic Community at Travis Air Force Base-Fr. Greg Caiazzo, Chaplain

"Father Hurley's message was right on target for our community of faith.  He inspired greater commitment and a fresh perspective on the mission of continual personal conversion and 'making disciples.'  It made for an exciting Lent and a joyous Easter."

"Even though he has little military experience, he showed an incredible sensitivity to the particular challenges that service members and their families face each day.  His flexibility made it easy to adapt to our schedule."

MD-CATHEDRAL OF MARY OUR QUEEN, Baltimore-Msgr. J. Bruce Jarboe, Rector

While in residence at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, and in addition to his many responsibilities as Executive Director of the Department of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Father Hurley generously shared his time and ministry with our parish community in a variety of ways.

Father Hurley served as a regular Presider at our parish weekday Masses and, periodically, at our weekend Masses; he served as Director of Mornings of Recollection and other gatherings sponsored by our Adult Faith Formation Team and our parish Worship Commission; he facilitated a series of strategic planning sessions with our Parish Staff and with our Parish Pastoral Council.

The Cathedral Parish clearly benefitted from Father Hurley’s unique blend of diverse pastoral experience and insight; his effective engagement in settings with real diversity of participants; his energetic and dynamic presentation ability; his real skills as facilitator, preacher and pastoral ministry consultant. Father Hurley serves with real passion, zeal and commitment to the ministry of evangelization as the essential element of the Church’s life and ministry on behalf of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord.

NY-OUR LADY QUEEN OF MARTYRS PARISH, Centerport-Fr. John D. Gilmartin, Pastor

Father John Hurley came to us with a tremendous background in the area of the New Evangelization, his resume speaks clearly to this experience.  For the retreat he gave us here at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs - he worked with the staff in preparation for the retreat, all the presentations were reflective of the dialogue we had with him.  He met with the staff for prayer each day and that was most meaningful.

The content of his talks was scripture based and most profound, his pastoral application of the word related well to our community.  Father Hurley, throughout the reflections,  provided us with many thoughts and quotes of Pope Francis which were most effective. We had great feedback on the retreat, Father Hurley’s warmth, preaching at all the masses,(Sunday and during the week)  gave all in the parish three very prayerful days.   I would strongly recommend him to those who are looking for a parish retreat.