George Murry

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The Most Reverend
George V. Murry, SJ
Bishop of Youngstown
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Church Catholic Church
Appointed January 30, 2007
In office March 28, 2007—present
Predecessor Thomas J. Tobin
Ordination June 9, 1979
Consecration March 20, 1995
by Joseph Bernardin
Personal details
Born (1948-12-28) December 28, 1948 (age 66)
Camden, New Jersey
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (1995-1999)
Bishop of St. Thomas (1999-2007)
Styles of
George Murry
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style none

George Murry is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1995 to 1999, and as the bishop of the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the state of United States Virgin Islands from 1999 to 2007. Since 2007 Murry has served as the bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown.


George Vance Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1948. In 1972, he became a member of the Jesuit religious order. Raised in an African-American family, Murry originally belonged to the African Methodist Episcopal Church but converted to Roman Catholicism when he was a child while attending parochial school in Baltimore.[1] Murry attended Camden Catholic High School. His undergraduate studies were at St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut and received a B.A. in Philosophy at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.[2] He obtained an M.Div. degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Masters and a Ph.D. in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Bishop Murry served as a university professor, President of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit, before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago by Pope John Paul II in 1995.

In May 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed him Coadjutor Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. In July 1999 Murry was appointed Bishop of St. Thomas. On January 30, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the fifth Bishop of Youngstown. (Herbert Bevard, then Msgr. and then-pastor of St. Athanasius parish in the city and Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was appointed to succeed Bishop Murry in the Diocese of St. Thomas.)

Bishop Murry has served on numerous boards, including those of the University of Detroit, St. Joseph's University, Mount St. Mary's College, Loyola Academy in Detroit, and Loyola University Chicago. Presently, he is a member of the board of Fairfield University, and Catholic Relief Services. He was recently elected chairman of the United States Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Policy and invited onto the board of directors for the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.


  1. ^ Canton Reporter: "Faith and Values: Black Catholics embrace heritage, history" by Charita Goshay December 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "Pope Appoints Bishop George V. Murry as Bishop of Youngstown", United States Conference of Catholic Bishops press release dated January 30, 2007. "George V. Murry was born December 28, 1948, in Camden, New Jersey. He attended Camden Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Connecticut, and St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1972."

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Elliot Griffin Thomas
Bishop of St. Thomas
Succeeded by
Herbert Bevard
Preceded by
Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Youngstown
30 January 2007–present