George Vance Murry Society of Jesus, S.J. (December 28, 1948June 5, 2020) was an American Bishop in the Catholic Church, bishop of the Catholic Church and member of the Society of Jesus. He was the Diocese of Youngstown, Bishop of Youngstown, after previously serving as an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Archdiocese of Chicago and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Thomas, Bishop of Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands. He submitted his resignation in May 2020 after suffering a relapse of leukemia, but died before it was accepted.

Early life

Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, on December 28, 1948, to Viola Murry and George Vance Murry II. He originally belonged to the African Methodist Episcopal Church but converted to Roman Catholicism when he was a child while attending a parochial school in Baltimore, Maryland. He later graduated from Camden Catholic High School. Murry went on to do undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph's University, St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and St. Mary's Seminary and University, St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1972. In that same year, he was admitted as a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). After completing his period of novitiate in 1974, he went on to obtain a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Masters and Doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. On June 9, 1979, Mury was Holy orders in the Catholic Church, ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Jesuit province of Maryland.

Presbyteral ministry

Murry became an assistant professor of American studies at Georgetown University in 1986, and taught at that institution for four years. He also served as the President of Archbishop Carroll High School (Washington, DC), 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.

Episcopal ministry

Auxiliary bishop of Chicago (1995–1998)

Murry was appointed auxiliary bishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago and titular bishop of Fuerteventura on January 24, 1995. He was Consecration#Ordination of bishops, consecrated bishop on March 20 of that same year. Joseph Bernardin, the Archbishop of Chicago, served as the principal consecrator, assisted by Alfred Leo Abramowicz and Timothy Joseph Lyne.

Coadjutor Bishop and Bishop of Saint Thomas (1998–2007)

Murry was appointed coadjutor bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Thomas, Saint Thomas on May 5, 1998. As such, he had the right of succession, and became Ordinary (Catholic Church), ordinary of that diocese on June 30, 1999, after the resignation of Elliot Griffin Thomas.

Bishop of Youngstown (2007–2020)

On January 30, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Murry as the fifth Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Bishop of Youngstown. Later that year, he was elected Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and he was re-elected to a three-year term the following year. Murry 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 Catholic Relief Services. He was a trustee of Loyola University Chicago and Fairfield University, and was chairman of the Committee on Domestic Policy of the USCCB. He was appointed Chair of the National Catholic Educational Association in 2015, where he served until the end of 2017. In September 2015, Pope Francis appointed Murry a member of the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Synod of Bishops that met the following month to discuss family life. At that meeting, he said he supported the view that church practice toward the divorced and remarried could change without altering doctrine. He 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." In April 2018, Murry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He received chemotherapy treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. On September 4, 2018, he returned to work part-time at the Diocese. After being in Remission (medicine), remission, Murry suffered a relapse in April 2020. He submitted his resignation on May 26, 2020, four years before the mandatory retirement age of 75. Murry died on June 5, 2020, after being admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, for treatment earlier that week.

See also

* Catholic Church hierarchy * Catholic Church in the United States * Historical list of the Catholic bishops of the United States * List of Catholic bishops of the United States * Lists of patriarchs, archbishops, and bishops


External links

Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown Official Site

National Black Catholic Congress
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