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George V. Murry

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George Vance Murry

Bishop of Youngstown
Bishop Murry in September 2018
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeDiocese of Youngstown
AppointedJanuary 30, 2007
InstalledMarch 28, 2007
Term endedMay 26, 2020
PredecessorThomas J. Tobin
SuccessorDavid Bonnar
OrdinationJune 9, 1979
by William Donald Borders
ConsecrationMarch 20, 1995
by Joseph Bernardin, Alfred Leo Abramowicz, and Timothy Joseph Lyne
Personal details
Born(1948-12-28)December 28, 1948
DiedJune 5, 2020(2020-06-05) (aged 71)
New York, New York, USA
Previous post(s)Bishop of Saint Thomas
Coadjutor Bishop of Saint Thomas (1998–1999)
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (1995–1998)
EducationJesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
George Washington University
MottoChrist my light
Styles of
George Vance Murry
Reference styleHis Excellency
The Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

George Vance Murry, S.J. (December 28, 1948 – June 5, 2020)[1] was an American prelate of the Catholic Church and member of the Society of Jesus. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown from 2007 to 2020.

Murry previously served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1995 to 1998 and as bishop of the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1998 to 2007 He submitted his resignation in May 2020 after suffering a relapse of leukemia, but died before it was accepted.


Early life[edit]

Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, on December 28, 1948, to Viola Murry and George Vance Murry II.[2] He originally belonged to the African Methodist Episcopal Church but converted to Catholicism when he was a child while attending a parochial school in Baltimore, Maryland.[3] He later graduated from Camden Catholic High School in Camden, New Jersey.[2]

Murry attended St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, obtaining a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1972.[2] In that same year, he was admitted as a member of the Society of Jesus.[2] After completing his period of novitiate in 1974, Murry obtained a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in Berkeley, California, and a Masters and Doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


On June 9, 1979, Murry was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop William Donald Borders in the Jesuit province of Maryland.[4]

Murry became an assistant professor of American studies at Georgetown University in 1986, and taught at that institution for four years.[2] He also served as president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. from 1989 until 1994, when he was appointed associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy.[2][5]

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago[edit]

Pope John Paul II appointed Murry as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and titular bishop of Fuerteventura on January 24, 1995.[2][6] He was consecrated on March 20, 1995.[2] Cardinal Joseph Bernardin served as the principal consecrator, assisted by Auxiliary Bishops Alfred Abramowicz and Timothy Lyne.[4][6]

Coadjutor Bishop and Bishop of Saint Thomas[edit]

Murry was appointed as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Saint Thomas by Pope John Paul II on May 5, 1998.[2] As such, he had the right of succession when the current bishop resigned.[2] Murry became bishop on June 30, 1999, after the resignation of Bishop Elliot Thomas.[4][2]

Bishop of Youngstown[edit]

On January 30, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Murry as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown.[4] Later in 2007, he was elected secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).[7] Murry was re-elected to a three-year term as secretary in 2008.[8] Murry served as chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Policy.[9] He was appointed chair of the National Catholic Educational Association in 2015, serving until the end of 2017.[2]

In September 2015, Pope Francis appointed Murry to the Synod of Bishops that met in October 2015 to discuss family life.[10] At that meeting, he said he supported the view that church could change its practice toward the divorced and remarried without altering doctrine. Murry said he supported greater participation from theologians, cultural historians, and other experts, and that the Synod needed to find a way to hear the voices of the people who were the subject of its discussions. He also supported the creation of commission to consider allowing women to serve as deacons. He said: "It would be a wise idea to look into it, to learn more about it and then to present a proposal to the Pope to say there either are theological problems, or not. And if not, let’s move forward."[11]

Murry served on several. boards of directors and trustees:

In April 2018, Murry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.[15] He received chemotherapy treatment at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.[5] On September 4, 2018, he returned to work part-time at the diocese.[16] After being in remission, Murry suffered a relapse in April 2020.[17]

Retirement and legacy[edit]

Murry submitted his resignation as bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown to Pope Francis on May 26, 2020, four years before the mandatory retirement age of 75.[17][18] George Murry died on June 5, 2020, a few days after being admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for treatment.[1][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Botos, Tim. "Bishop George Murry was a familiar, friendly face". The Independent. Archived from the original on June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Sheehan, Pete (June 5, 2020). "Retired Bishop George Murry dies after two-year battle with leukemia". Crux. Catholic News Service. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  3. ^ Goshay, Charita (December 1, 2012). "Faith and Values: Black Catholics embrace heritage, history". Canton Reporter. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bishop George Vance Murry". Kansas City: Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Bishop Murry of Youngstown diagnosed with leukemia". Catholic News Agency. April 30, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Black Catholic Bishops of the US". Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin. Archived from the original on May 24, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Allen, John L. Jr. (November 14, 2007). "USCCB Day Three: Murry elected conference secretary". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Allen, John L. Jr. (November 11, 2008). "USCCB: Murry elected secretary (again ... we think)". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "Resignations and Appointments". Holy See Press Office. Holy See. January 30, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2020. (in Italian)
  10. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (September 15, 2015). "Vatican releases Synod list: 279 participants, 8 Americans". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  11. ^ Hansen, Luke, S.J. (October 20, 2015). "Bishop George Murry Discusses Synod Process, Supports More Lay Involvement". America. Retrieved October 26, 2015.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ a b Marketing and Public Relations Activities in ARL Libraries: A SPEC Kit. Association of Research Libraries. 1999. p. 71.
  13. ^ Sheehan, Pete (June 5, 2020). "Retired Bishop George Murry dies after two-year battle with leukemia". America. Retrieved June 5, 2020. {{cite magazine}}: Unknown parameter |agency= ignored (help)
  14. ^ "Fairfield University announces five new trustees". Fairfield University. November 21, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  15. ^ "Bishop Murry diagnosed with acute leukemia, receiving treatment". The Vindicator. April 30, 2018. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Bishop Murry's Return To Work" (Press release). Diocese of Youngstown. August 30, 2018. Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Bishop Murry of Youngstown dies after stepping down due to leukemia". EWTN. Catholic News Agency. June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  18. ^ "Youngstown Bishop George Murry requests resignation after latest cancer diagnosis". WKBN.com. May 26, 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  19. ^ "Bishop Murry hospitalized". The Independent. June 1, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Youngstown
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of St. Thomas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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