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.