Welcoming and Commisioning Day

Welcoming and Commissioning Day is a long-standing tradition in the Diocese of San Jose. It offers an opportunity for pastoral ministry leaders to renew friendships and welcome new-comers. It also includes a special liturgy and commissioning presided by Rev. John Hurley, C.S.P.

Father John Hurley is a Paulist and was ordained priest in 1977. His formal evangelization ministry began in 1979 when he founded the Paulist Center for Catholic Evangelization in Portland, Oregon. His evangelization efforts went national as the former Executive Director for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization, the National Pastoral Life Center and the Department of Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  After leaving the USCCB, he served for six years as consultant to the Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. In May 2014, Fr. Hurley launched a new Paulist ministry, New Evangelization Strategies where he serves as a consultant to parishes, dioceses and Catholic organizations who want to be more mission driven.  In 2016, Fr. Hurley was appointed by Bishop McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego to be Synod Coordinator overseeing a long process On Embracing the Joy of Love.  In 2016 for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis commissioned Father to be a Missionary of Mercy and was reappointed in 2017.  In April, 2017, Bishop McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose appointed Fr. Hurley to be the new Vicar for Evangelization overseeing Diocesan Pastoral Ministries.  He continues to be a team member of the Academy of Church Leadership at Santa Clara University.  He has spoken in over 120 US dioceses and resides at historic Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco where he once served as pastor; and, when in San Jose resides at the Basilica Cathedral of St. Joseph.  The day also includes cluster meetings and a great lunch.

Thursday, September 7

Santa Teresa Parish
794 Calero Avenue,
San Jose, CA  95123

Registration fee is $25.00 per person, make  check payable to Diocese of San Jose. You may RSVP early online. Please ensure that the check contains the online RSVP registrant name. For flyer click here.

Send completed form and  check to:
Office for Parish Services, Attn: Semi Gurbiel
The Chancery, 1150 North First Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112-4966