Senate confirms nomination of Boston priest as Army chief of chaplains

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March 30, 2015


Father Paul K. Hurley celebrates Mass in this undated photo for deployed U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. The U.S. Senate March 27 confirmed the priest’s appointment as the 24th U.S. Army chief of chaplains and his promotion from his current rank of colonel to the rank of major general. (CNS photo/courtesy Journey Films)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father Paul K. Hurley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and a military chaplain for about 15 years, was confirmed March 27 as the U.S. Army chief of chaplains in a voice vote by the U.S. Senate.

With the appointment comes a promotion in rank from colonel to major general. Father Hurley, in a March 30 telephone interview with Catholic News Service, said he expected the formal promotion and installation ceremony to take place sometime in May.

He will become the Army’s 24th chief of chaplains. He will succeed Msgr. Donald L. Rutherford, himself a major general in the Army and a priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York, who will soon retire after serving in the post since 2011.

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