Assignment Record – Rev. James P. Hurley, s.j.

Summary of Case: James P. Hurley was ordained a Jesuit of the Oregon Province in 1940. Most of his career was spent on Indian reservations in WA state, MT, OR and ID. He was also assigned to Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, and briefly to Jesuit high schools in Seattle and Spokane WA, Portland OR and Missoula MT. He retired to the Jesuits' Regis Community in Spokane in 1996, and died in 1998. Hurley's name was included in 2011 on the Oregon Province's list of its members who have been identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Ordained: 1940
Died: Nov. 14, 1988


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1941 Alma College Alma CA    


Seattle bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).

1942 Seattle College and Seattle Preparatory High School Seattle WA   Seattle Prep had 302 students, all boys.
1942 1943 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA tertian father  


Spokane bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955).

1947 Gonzaga University and High School Spokane WA   Gonzaga University High School had 376-470 students, all boys.
1947 1954 Gonzaga University Spokane WA    


Baker bishop was Francis Peter Leipzig (1950-1971).

1959 St. Joseph's Umatilla Reservation OR 1/1  
1954 1959 St. Andrew's Day School Umatilla Reservation OR   St. Andrew's had 41-29 boys and 21-28 girls.
1959 1961 Gonzaga University Spokane WA    


Portland in Oregon archbishop was Edward Daniel Howard (1926-1966).

1962 Jesuit High School

Portland OR   Jesuit High had 450 students, all boys.


Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967).

1965 St. Paul's Indian Mission Hays MT 2/2, 1/3, 2/3

St. Paul's had a grade school with 48-50 boys and 58-45 girls.

The 1965 Directory indexes Hurley as at St. Paul's but does not list him as there in the Great Falls pages.

1962 1965 St. Thomas Lodge Pole MT   St. Thomas' had a religious vacation school with 65 students.
1962 1965 St. Joseph's Zortman MT   St. Joseph's had a religious vacation school with 10 students.


Helena bishop was Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1962-1975).

1967 St. Ignatius Mission St. Ignatius MT 2/3  
1965 1967 Sacred Heart Arlee MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1965 1967 St. John Berchman's Jocko MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1965 1967 St. Leonard's Dixon MT   This was a mission of St. Ignatius Mission.
1967 1969 Loyola High School Missoula MT   Loyola High had 140-129 students


Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1972 St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA    


Helena diocese

1973 Loyola High School Missoula MT   Loyola High had 130 students.


Baker bishop was Thomas Joseph Connolly (1971-1999).

1985 St. Andrew's Indian Mission Pendleton OR 1/2, 1/1  
1985 1987         Hurley is not indexed in the 1986 or 1987 Directories, not is he listed at his previous or next assignments.
1987 1988 St. Anthony Hospital Pendleton OR In residence.  


Boise City bishop was Tod David Brown (1988-1998).

1996 Sacred Heart DeSmet ID 3/3  
1988 1996 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Plummer ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in DeSmet.
1988 1996 St. Michael's Worley ID   This was a mission of Sacred Heart in DeSmet.


Spokane bishop was William Stephen Skylstad (1990-2010).

1998 Regis Jesuit Community Spokane WA   Hurley died Nov. 14, 1998.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1941-2000)

Non-Monetary Commitments, The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus website, accessed Dec. 7, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on November 14, 2014.