Mid-Atlantic Congress closes Paulist Father John Hurley's service to the Archdiocese of Baltimore

posted Mar 4, 2014, 8:19 PM by John Hurley   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 4:00 PM ]

In 2009, then Archbishop Edwin O'Brien invited Paulist Father John Hurley to facilitate a planning process for the reconfiguration of many offices at the Catholic Center in Baltimore, MD.  At the conclusion of the planning process in January of 2010, little did Father Hurley know that months later the Archbishop would invite him to oversee the new department which would be launched in July of 2010.  His service as Executive Director of the Department of Evangelization embraced Catechetical and Pastoral Formation, Campus Ministry, Deaf Ministry, Disabilities Ministry, Marriage and Family Life, Prison Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Worship, Youth and Young Adults and the Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House for youth.  A major initiative began shortly after his arrival in the archdiocese with the Association of Catholic Publishers, the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic Leaders.  He along with Paul Henderson served as co-chairs with Therese Brown, the MAC General Coordinator.  On Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the closing celebration, Bishop Mitch Rozanski, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore kissed the Book of the Gospels, closed it and blessed over 1400 present and said, "Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord." Father Hurley did just that and brought his service to a close in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  A good friend and colleague, Msgr. Adam Parker will serve as Interim Executive Director while the national search goes on.  Father Hurley will be on sabbatical as he prepares to launch his new national initiative, New Evangelization Ministries, based in San Francisco in June 2014 at Old Saint Mary's Cathedral where he served as pastor from 1991-1997.