Daniel A. Hurley, OFM
1919 – 2010
Fr. Daniel Hurley, OFM, was born on June 7, 1919 in Albany, N.Y., and baptized Richard. In 1940, he received his bachelor’s degree in classics from St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y. Later that year, he was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Daniel made his solemn profession in 1944 and was ordained in 1945.
After ordination, he taught history and philosophy at St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J. In 1948, he was appointed formation director. Seven years later, Fr. Daniel returned to St. Bonaventure University, where he taught English and philosophy. He also served as prefect in a dormitory. In 1961, he left campus again to serve as procurator at Holy Name College in Washington. Three years later, he moved to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he taught philosophy. He served at St. Stephen’s Friary in 1969 before returning to St. Bonaventure University later that year.
From 1969 to 1990, Fr. Daniel served as residence hall director, dean of men, assistant to the president, chaplain to the National Alumni Board, academic counselor and as a member of the campus ministry team. In 1983, he and Fr. Daniel Riley, OFM, founded Mt. Irenaeus, a Franciscan mountain retreat that eventually moved to its current location in West Clarksville, N.Y. Fr. Daniel began full-time ministry at Holy Peace Friary there in 1990.
He died on March 13, 2010 at Olean, N.Y., General Hospital. Fr. Daniel was 90 years old, a professed friar for 68 years and a priest for 64 years.