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SEAFORD, Del. – Redemptorist Father Joseph Hurley, Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Enfield from 1985 to 1993 and former provincial superior of the Baltimore Province, died on Oct. 30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory in Seaford. He was 81.

He had been the associate pastor of the Seaford parish since 2005.

A native of Fall River, Mass., he was born on July 5, 1928, a son of Joseph L. Hurley, former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and later a Superior Court justice, and Celeste Tracy Hurley. He attended Harvard for one year before applying to the Redemptorists. He attended St. Mary’s Seminary in North East, Pa., and made his novitiate in Ilchester, Md. He professed his first vows in 1949 and made his final profession three years later. He completed his theological studies at Mount St. Alphonsus in Esopus, N.Y.

Father Hurley was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1954. He earned a master’s degree in sociology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and studied at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

His first pastoral appointment, in 1957, was to St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis, Md. In 1961, he began his work in teaching and formation, spending two years at the novitiate in Ilchester, then two years at the seminary in North East, and, in 1965, as rector of the new college-level seminary in Suffield. He then served at Holy Redeemer College in Washington, D.C.

In 1975, Father Hurley became the provincial vicar of Baltimore and was based in Brooklyn. He was elected as father provincial in 1978 and held the position for six years.

After spending a year at his order’s retreat house in Tobyhanna, Pa., Father Hurley became the first Redemptorist Pastor of St. Patrick in Enfield in 1985.

 In 1993, Father Hurley became the novice master, and served in Esopus and Glenview, Ill.

Three years later, he was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Seaford.

Father Hurley’s survivors include two brothers, John and William, and four nieces.

Masses of Christian Burial were celebrated on Nov. 4 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Nov. 5 at Mount St. Alphonsus. Burial followed in the Redemptorist Cemetery in Esophus.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.