Assignment Record – Rev. John F. Hurley, s.j.

Summary of Case: John F. Hurley was ordained a priest of the Jesuits' Oregon Province in 1945. In 1947 he began his life-long career at Gonzaga Preparatory High School in Spokane. He died in 1998. Hurley's name was included on a 2007 list of priests working in the Spokane diocese who were " admitted, proven or credibly accused perpetrators of sexual abuse." Details of accusations against him were not provided. In December 2018 the Order announced that the allegations against Hurly were mistakenly connected to him, and were actually against Rev. James P. Hurley, sj.

Ordained: 1945
Died: October 1998


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


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

1946 Alma College Alma CA  


Albany bishop was Edmund Francis Gibbons (1919-1954).

1947 Our Lady of Martyrs Auriesville NY Jesuit Tertianship  


Spokane bishops were Charles Daniel White (1926-1955), Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978), Lawrence Harold Welsh (1978-1990), and William Stephen Skylstad (1990-2010).

1993 Gonzaga Prep. High School Spokane WA teacher; vice principal; fundraiser; executive vice president Gonzaga Prep. had 610-1,071 students. It was all-male until 1975, when girls were admitted as students.
1993 1998 Regis Jesuit Community Spokane WA   Hurley died in October 1998.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, (1946-1998)

Vigil Service, Spokesman Review, October 20, 1998
Non-Monetary Undertakings of the Spokane Diocese, Diocese of Spokane , November 21, 2007

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This assignment record was last updated on January 4, 2019.