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Gabe Hurrish

Year Joined MKLM: 2017

Country: South Sudan

City: Juba, Jubek State

Focus: Justice and Peace

Project: Solidarity with South Sudan – teacher training, health training, agriculture, pastoral ministry

Population Served: 25 religious working with Solidarity with South Sudan, 150 staff, and the teachers, healthcare workers, and others they serve

Description: Project Office – administration, government relations, policy, logistics, guest house

Project Goals:

Support all field staff and members with operations support from the main office in Juba.

Current Ministry:

Gabe is currently living in and managing the Solidarity with South Sudan Guest House, which also serves as the organization’s head office. His role is administration and managerial back up and support for the executive director. Gabe is also responsible for government and non-government relations.

Gabe’s inspiration in life has always been an uncle who is a Franciscan T.O.R. priest and who served for 33 years in India and Brazil. Gabe was well aware of Maryknoll Lay Missioners over the years, and so he reached out to MKLM’s director of missions, Marj Humphrey, about joining. At the time, MKLM was not in South Sudan, but Gabe was very interested in working there, so MKLM made it possible. Having already served in Africa, he has now returned to Solidarity with South Sudan as a long-term Maryknoll lay missioner, joining one Maryknoll priest already in the country. 

Personal Data:

Gabe is a parishioner at St. Bartholomew Church in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in the Diocese of La Crosse. He has a master in public health from the University of Boston, and a bachelor of science from the University of Dayton in health, education and school health administration. Gabe obtained his certification as a nursing assistant from Mid-State Technical College (Wisconsin). He enjoys learning languages, having studied five besides English, including Amharic, the language in Ethiopia, and Mandarin Chinese.

Gabe has lived and worked overseas in several different relief, development and mission organizations for more than 25 combined years in 10 countries, many in Africa. While with the Peace Corps in Kenya from 1984-1986, he worked on water projects. He was the director of two refugee camp hospitals in 1988 with American Refugee Committee. From 1989-1993, Gabe was in Ethiopia with Food for the Hungry International – Ethiopia. He also did some development consulting in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, South Africa and Peru.

Gabe was the volunteer coordinator of the Volunteer Missionary Movement in El Salvador for almost four years. After that, he worked for the Association for International Teaching, Educational and Curriculum Exchange (AITECE Ltd) in China as an English professor in three different institutions. In 1998 Gabe was offered a dual position in Rome, Italy, with the international men (USG) and women religious (UISG) office for Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the Solidarity with South Sudan secretariat. Gabe also served in South Africa with the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference for six months.

Gabe returned to the U.S. in 2010 and for the next seven years served as the coordinator of religious education at St. Stephen Parish in Stevens Point, WI. From June to August of 2016, he volunteered as a professor in South Sudan at the Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio. The following year he returned to serve there with Maryknoll Lay Missioners for 18 months before being transferred to Juba in August 2019 to serve as Project Officer for Solidarity.