Paul Murray (poet)

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Paul Murray, O.P.
Religion Roman Catholic
Order Dominican
Other names "Father Paul"
Nationality Irish
Born (1947-11-26) 26 November 1947 (age 70)
Newcastle, County Down
Religious career
Ordination 1973
Profession 1967
Present post Rome, Italy

Paul Brendan Murray, O.P., S.T.M.[1](born 26 November 1947), is an Irish Dominican priest of the Catholic Church, poet, writer, and professor. Murray was born at Newcastle, County Down, in Northern Ireland. In 1966 he joined the Irish Dominican Province, and was ordained a priest in 1973. Since 1994 he has lived in Rome, Italy, where he teaches the literature of the mystical tradition at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum.[2][3][4][5]



  • The Mysticism Debate (1977)
  • T.S. Eliot and Mysticism: The Secret History of the Four Quartets (1991)
  • A Journey with Jonah: The Spirituality of Bewilderment (2002)[6]
  • Preachers at Prayer (2003)[7]
  • The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness (2003)[8]
  • "I Loved Jesus in the Night": Teresa of Calcutta, A Secret Revealed (2008)[9][10]
  • Door into the Sacred: A Meditation on the Hail Mary (2010)[11]
  • Praying with Confidence: Aquinas on the Lord's Prayer (2010)[12]
  • In the Grip of Light: The Dark and Bright Journey of Christian Contemplation (2012)[13]
  • Aquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism and Poetry (2013)[14]
  • Scars: Essays, Poems and Meditations on Affliction (2014)[15]


  • Ritual Poems (1971)
  • Rites and Meditations (1982)
  • The Absent Fountain (1992)
  • These Black Stars (2003)
  • Stones and Stars (2013)[16][17]

See also[edit]


  • Irish Poetry of Faith and Doubt:The Cold Heaven, p. 187, ed. John F. Deane, Wolfhound Press, 1990.