Father General Paul K. Hurley Takes Office as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains

Sworn in during afternoon ceremony at Fort Myer

ARLINGTON, VA. – Father Paul K. Hurley, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and longtime military chaplain serving with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), was sworn in Friday as Major General and Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army. Father Hurley is the 24th chief to head up the Army’s chaplain corps. The oath was administered at Fort Myer by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, attended the afternoon ceremony in the fort chapel.

Before assuming his new position, Father Hurley served 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 is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He underwent his priestly formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. He 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 new Chief of Chaplains, Father Hurley succeeds Monsignor Donald L. Rutherford (Ch., Maj. Gen., USA), a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., who is retiring after serving in the post since July 22, 2011. Msgr. Rutherford also served with AMS endorsement and faculties.