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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Renowned Paulist preacher to lead mission at St. Mary, Spokane Valley, in April

by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the March 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Paulist Father John Hurley will lead a mission at St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, next month. (IR photo courtesy of the Paulist Fathers)

Paulist Father John E. Hurley will lead a mission at St. Mary Parish, 304 S. Adams Rd., Spokane Valley, next month.

Father Hurley’s theme for the mission presentations is “Forming Disciples: The Joy of the Gospels.”

Father Hurley has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the Know, Love, and Serve assembly, for parish and school leadership, also next month in Spokane.

The KLS assembly will have space for only a very limited number of people. According to Father Pat Kerst, pastor of St. Mary, the mission will be open to the public, giving everyone an opportunity to hear Father Hurley’s insights.

The Paulists are the first Religious order founded in the United States. Their initiatives include ecumenism, preaching, and evangelization.

Father Hurley, who joined the Paulists in 1970, is a nationally-known speaker, preacher, and evangelizer.

Besides his work nationally with parish ministry and spirituality, he is the founder of New Evangelization Strategies (NES).

According to the NES web site, Father Hurley’s “consultant and missionary initiatives are designed to assist those in leadership roles in Catholic ministry to focus on the essential mission of the church. Consultation initiatives focus primarily on assisting pastoral leadership, pastoral councils and staffs in assessing and planning future directions for parishes who want to be more mission driven and engage their parishioners into becoming missionary disciples. Consultation initiatives also assist leaders in Catholic ministries who want to re-awaken their vision and mission in light of the call to a new evangelization.”

Father Hurley was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He graduated with a BA in Religious Education from Catholic University of America, a Master of Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

During his first assignment he founded the Paulist Center for Catholic Evangelization in Portland, Ore. Since then he served as pastor of historic Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and Administrator of St. Austin Church in Austin, Texas.

He is the former Executive Director for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization, the National Pastoral Life Center in New York City, and the Department of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. While in Baltimore, he co-chaired the first three Mid-Atlantic Congresses for Catholic Leaders.

Since 2008 he is serving as a consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

In the Paulist Community, he served in various leadership roles including being a member of the General Council, Executive Director of Financial Development, Director of Paulist Reconciliation Ministries and Coordinator of Strategic Planning.

He has been the keynote speaker at over 80 diocesan conferences across the United States and continues to speak on evangelization before parish, diocesan and national Church leadership.

Father Hurley’s mission at St. Mary begins the weekend of April 11-12, when he will preach at all Masses.

Monday, April 13: Mass and presentation, 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 14: Mass with school students and staff, 8:15 a.m., followed by a presentation.
Wednesday, April 15: Mass, 7:30 a.m., followed by presentation.

Each morning’s presentation repeats at 7 p.m. All presentations will be in the parish church.

A free-will offering will be accepted at each presentation to support the ministry of the Paulists.

For more information, contact St. Mary Parish: 928-3210.


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