Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 23, 1895, Eugene Hurley was educated at Boston College High School. He professed his vows as a Passionist on September 15, 1916 at the Passionist novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a priest on January 21, 1923 at St. Gabriel’s Monastery, Brighton, Massachusetts.
Based upon his intellectual skills, shortly after graduation Father Hurley was sent to Rome for post-graduate studies. Upon completion, he taught in the Passionist Monastic Seminary for eight years. Eventually the strain of this teaching and later poor health, compounded by a throat operation, meant that Father Hurley spent a great deal of his succeeding years as a confessor for those in and out of the monastery at St. Gabriel’s in Brighton, Massachusetts. He died there on September 1, 1941.