Father Colonel Paul K. Hurley Confirmed by U.S. Senate to be Major General, Army Chief of Chaplains

Succeeds retiring Chaplain Major General Donald L. Rutherford

Father Paul K. Hurley celebrating Mass last year with deployed U.S. Military personnel in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy ofJourney Films.

Father Paul K. Hurley celebrating Mass last year with deployed U.S. Military personnel in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy ofJourney Films.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate on Friday confirmed by voice vote the promotion of Father Paul K. Hurley (Ch., Col., USA) from the rank of Colonel to Major General, and his appointment to serve as the 24th U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains.

Father Hurley currently serves as the Command Chaplain for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C. His previous chaplain assignments include deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as numerous stateside assignments as an Army chaplain.

Father Hurley, a graduate of both the U.S. Military Academy and St. John Seminary, was ordained in 1995 for the Archdiocese of Boston, where he served as a parish priest before accessioning to active duty as the 1-321st FA battalion chaplain.

As the Army’s incoming Chief of Chaplains, Father Hurley will succeed Monsignor Donald L. Rutherford (Ch., Maj. Gen., USA), a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., who will soon retire after serving in the post since July 22, 2011.

Both Father Hurley and Msgr. Rutherford serve with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, commented on the promotion of Father Hurley: “ I am delighted that the Army Chaplain Corps will be led by Father Hurley, with whom I spent time last Holy Week in Afghanistan. He is both a fine priest and an excellent leader.”