Bishop
George V.
Murry



BISHOP GEORGE VANCE MURRY, SJ, was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1948. After graduating from Catholic elementary and high school, he attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1972, he entered the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. Bishop Murry holds a Master's degree in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, as well as a Master's and a Doctorate in American Cultural History from The George Washington University, in Washington, DC.

Bishop Murry has served as a professor of American Cultural History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit.

In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. Then in May 1999, the Holy Father appointed him Bishop of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. On January 30, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the fifth bishop of Youngstown.

Bishop Murry has served on numerous boards including Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, Mount St. Mary's College in Emmetsburg, Maryland, St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the University of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan. Currently, he is a member of the board of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, and The Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He is likewise a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' and serves on the Committee on Domestic 

Justice, Peace and Human Development. In November, 2007, he was elected Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and chair of the Committee on Priorities and Plans.

At the present time, Bishop Murry is completing a book about the response of the Church in the United States to the migration of refugees between the years 1930 and 1980.


Catholic News Agency * January 30, 2007

.- Pope Benedict XVI announced Tuesday that the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., has been appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown in northeastern Ohio. Bishop Murry is currently Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

“I am honored to accept the Holy Father’s appointment to serve as Bishop of Youngstown and I look forward to meeting and working with the priests, deacons, religious, and laity of the diocese,” the bishop said in a statement this morning.

The date for Bishop Murry’s installation is already scheduled for March 28th. Murray will be the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown. The Diocese had been without a bishop since March of 2005 when Bishop Thomas Tobin was appointed Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island.

Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1948. After graduating from Catholic elementary and high school, he attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. In 1972 he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. Bishop Murry holds a M.Div. degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, as well as an M. Phil. and Ph.D. in American Cultural History from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He has served as a professor of American Cultural History at Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C., President of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit. In 1995 Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. In May of 1998 Pope John Paul II appointed him Coadjutor Bishop of St.Thomas in the Virgin Islands and on June 30, 1999, appointed him bishop of the diocese.

The bishop has also served on numerous boards including the University of Detroit and Loyola Academy, both in Detroit; St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and serves on the Domestic Policy and Education Committees. Since November of 2002 he also serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services, the overseas arm of the U.S. Bishops, which provides food, clothing, shelter and medicine for those in need.

Presently, Bishop Murry is preparing a book on the role of the American Church in the reception and resettlement of refugees from 1939 until 1980.



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