Murry, Bishop of Youngstown Diocese, Dies at 71

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Most Rev. George Murry, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, has died at 71, the diocese announced this morning.

Funeral arrangements are pending. It will be organized by Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown. 

Murry was diagnosed with acute leukemia in April 2018, undergoing chemotherapy at the Cleveland Clinic. In July 2019, he returned for a reoccurrence of leukemia. On June 1, less than a week after he submitted his resignation to Pope Francis, Murry was admitted for inpatient treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. 

Born in Camden, N.J., in 1948, Murry attended  St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, where he earned his baccalaureate in philosophy in 1972. In 1979, he graduated with a master’s from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, followed by a doctorate in American cultural history from George Washington University in 1994.  He was ordained for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 1979.

In January 1994, Pope John Paul II named him titular bishop of Fuerteventure and auxiliary bishop of Chicago. Four years later, he was appointed coadjutor bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where he served until being named the fifth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown on March 28, 2007.

Pictured: The Most Rev. George Murray. Image via the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.

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