Tomorrow (Monday, October 30) is the 50th Anniversary of the death of Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley, sixth Bishop of St. Augustine. He served from 1940 until 1967 in a Diocese
that spanned from the Apalachicola River in Florida’s panhandle all the way to Key West!
As a priest he ministered for years as a member of the Vatican Diplomatic Corps, becoming the first American to serve in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State in 1934.
He was appointed Bishop of St. Augustine on August 16, 1940 by Pope Pius XII. He was consecrated bishop on October 6 at the chapel of the Pontifical Urbania University
and was then installed as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine in the Cathedral of Saint Augustine on November 26, 1940. During his time as Bishop of our Diocese he
remained in the service of the Vatican Diplomatic Corps and in 1945 was the papal representative to Communistcontrolled Yugoslavia. During that time he represented
the Holy See at the trial of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac. In 1949 his assignment as a Vatican diplomat concluded and he was given the personal title of Archbishop.
Archbishop Hurley was an amazing man of the Catholic Church! So much of his personal work as Bishop of this Diocese we continue to reap because of his wisdom
The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski will give a presentation on the life of Archbishop Hurley tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine.
This will be followed by a Memorial Mass at 6:00 p.m at which the Bishops of the Province of Florida will concelebrate.
You are invited to both events.
Love, Father Tom