John Gregory Murray

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John Gregory Murray (born February 26, 1877 in Waterbury , Connecticut , United States , † October 11, 1956 ) was a Roman Catholic clergyman and Archbishop of Saint Paul .


John Gregory Murray attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester , with his future successor in Portland, Joseph Edward McCarthy . He then studied at the Catholic University of Leuven and was ordained a priest for the Hartford diocese on April 14, 1900 . He then worked as a linguist and teacher of Greek and French at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield .

Pope Benedict XV appointed him on November 15, 1919 titular bishop of Flavias and auxiliary bishop in Hartford. The Apostolic Delegate in the United States, Archbishop Giovanni Bonzano , ordained him episcopal on April 28 of the following year ; Co- consecrators were the Bishop of Hartford, John Joseph Nilan , and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Joseph Shahan of Baltimore .

On May 29, 1925, Pope Pius XI appointed him . to the Bishop of Portland . The inauguration took place on October 12 of the same year. During his tenure, 30 new parishes and a large number of new churches, chapels and schools were created. The cathedral was further developed and Church Week, a Catholic weekly newspaper that was published until 2005, was founded. The onset of the global economic crisis forced him to maintain the hospitals, orphanages and old people's homes through loans and mortgages. The resulting debts became one of the greatest challenges for his successors.

He was named Archbishop of Saint Paul on October 29, 1931, and took office on January 27 of the following year. In his new archdiocese he was particularly committed to the poor and the unemployed. To spread and defend the Christian faith, he initiated catechesis within the framework of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and founded a family association. He ran his own radio broadcast under the title Church of the Air . Despite the tremors caused by the global economic crisis and the Second World War , he succeeded in setting up more than 50 new parishes and debt relief for the College of Saint Thomas while simultaneously expanding it, for example with a new seminary library. One of the highlights of his tenure was the 1941 National Eucharistic Congress in the Twin Cities .

Murray died of cancer and was buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights .

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  1. ^ A b Most Rev. John G. Murray, DD Fifth Bishop of Portland. In: Homepage. Diocese of Portland , accessed June 23, 2015 .
  2. a b Most Reverend John G Murray. In: Homepage. Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis , accessed June 23, 2015 .
predecessor Office successor
Austin Dowling Archbishop of Saint Paul
William Otterwell Brady
Louis Sebastian Walsh Bishop of Portland
Joseph Edward McCarthy