Bishop George Murry, (SJ), the Diocesan Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown on Friday, June 5, 2020 succumbed to death after a long battle with blood cancer.
The Diocese earlier announced the Prelate’s passing to the catholic and wider community.
“The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., the fifth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown died this morning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York”, the Diocese revealed.
The Diocese of Youngstown has entrusted the dignified and loving care care of Bishop Murry to the Kinnick Funeral, Youngstown.
Bishop George Murry (SJ), had submitted his resignation letter to Pope Francis to resign from the office of the Diocesan Bishop on the grounds of battle against leukemia, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown reports.
The Prelate was, in April 2018 diagnosed with an acute form of Leukemia while he underwent intensive chemotherapy at the Cleveland for a re-occurrence of the condition.
The said time indicated that, he was in remission and doctors “were not recommending a bone marrow transplant”.
Earlier in April this year, the condition surfaced and he resumed treatment , with a third bout conflicting with his ability to perform his tasks as a Bishop.
Monsignor John Zuraw , Chancellor of the Diocese says “with each bout of leukemia, the amount of stamina gets a little lesser. His stamina and energy is not where it should be. He felt at this time, it is best to resign so he can center all of his attention on his health”.
However, Bishop Murry’s letter awaits acceptance from Pope Francis and he will continue discharging his duties as such until his resignation is accepted. The letter will first be sent to the Nuncio to the united states, Archbishop Christophe Pierre to be sent to the Holy See.
He has since 2007, manned the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown which also extends to Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Stark, Portage and Ashtabula counties.
Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1948. After graduating from Catholic elementary and high schools, he attended St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 Society of Jesus. He was ordained for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 1979. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1979 and a doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1994. 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 assistant 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-Mercy in 1994. On January 24, 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Fuerteventura and 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 Coadjutor Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Bishop Murry succeeded to the see on June 30, 1999. He is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has served as Secretary of the Conference, Chairman of the Committee on Priorities and Plans. He is the former Chairman of the Committee Against Racism. He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services.
Source: AGNUS-DEI MEDIA