First Friday Club of Greater Akron July 2017 Speaker – The Most Rev. George V. Murry, Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio

First Friday Club of Greater Akron July 2017 Speaker - The Most Rev. George V. Murry, Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio
The Most Reverend George V. Murry,  Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown July 7, 2017 Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1948. After graduating from Catholic elementary and high schools, he attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1972. That same year he entered the Jesuits and was ordained a priest on June 9, 1979. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1979 and a Ph.D. in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1995.   Bishop Murry served on the faculty and was Dean of Student Activities at Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C., from 1974-1976. He was adjunct professor of American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from 1986-1990, and president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., from 1989-1994. He was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit in 1994.On January 24, 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago where he was ordained to the episcopacy on March 20, 1995. On May 5, 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. In January of 2007, Pope Benedict appointed him the Fifth Bishop of Youngstown. Bishop Murry has served on numerous boards including the University of Detroit and Loyola Academy, both in Detroit, Michigan; St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland; and Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Presently, he is a member of the board of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Walsh University in Canton, Ohio and the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. He also serves on the Ohio Governor’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations. As a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Murry has served on the Domestic Policy Committee, the Board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and 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. Currently, he is a member of USCCB Education Committee, the Committee on Budget and Finance and the Committee on International Justice and Peace. Bishop Murry’s doctoral dissertation is entitled Welcoming the Stranger: The Catholic Church and Refugees, 1930-1980. At this time, he is working on a book on the cultural influence of Catholic immigration to the United States.

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