Wednesday, Jan. 20 will begin four days of public prayers, liturgies and mourning over the loss of Anchorage Archbishop Emeritus Francis Hurley who died peacefully on Jan. 10 in his Anchorage home. He was two days shy of 89.
This will be the very first time that Catholics in the Anchorage Archdiocese lay to rest one of their former archbishops. Archbishop Hurley was the second bishop to serve the archdiocese. His predecessor, Archbishop Joseph Ryan, was reassigned in 1975 to serve as the archbishop for the U.S. Military.
A public visitation and viewing of Archbishop Hurley’s body will take place at Janssen Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Thursday Archbishop Hurley’s body will be received at 1:15 p.m. at Holy Family Cathedral where mourners will join in a vigil service. Later that day evening prayers and the Office of the Dead will take place at Holy Family beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Anchorage Concert Chorus will be on hand and Bishop of St. Cloud, Minn., Donald Kettler, the former bishop of Fairbanks, will speak. At 8:30 p.m. that evening a rosary will be prayed at Holy Family, followed by the return of Archbishop Hurley’s body to Janssen Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
The next day, on Friday, Jan. 22, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz will preside over a 2 p.m. Solemn Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. Father Steven Moore, who served as Archbishop Hurley’s vicar general for more than 20 years, will deliver the homily.
Funeral arrangements will conclude on Saturday, Jan. 23, with a 12 p.m. Rite of Committal and burial of Archbishop Hurley’s body at St. John Neumann Mission in Cooper Landing, the location Archbishop Hurley specifically requested as his final resting place.