Assignment Record – Rev. James Glenn/J-Glenn Murray, s.j.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus ordained in 1979, Murray gained prominence as a speaker on liturgy and African-American life and worship. His career began in Durham, NC and took him to Baltimore, MD, Cleveland, OH and Washington, DC. In 2005 a report was made to the Province that Murray had "improperly touched" a male high school student in the early 1980s in Baltimore. The Jesuits said they informed civil authorities, who closed the case when Murray's accuser wouldn't speak with them. The Province's Review Board determined that the allegation was not credible, and Murray was allowed to remain in ministry. In 2011 the Jesuits revisited the case when Murray was being considered for a new assignment. Based on new information that showed the allegation to be credible, Murray was permanently removed from ministry.

: 1979


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1980 Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley Berkeley CA  


Raleigh bishop was Francis Joseph Gossman (1975-2006).

1981 Holy Cross Durham NC 2/2  
1980 1981 St. Bernadette's Butner NC   This was a mission of Holy Cross in Durham.
1980 1981 Duke University Durham NC campus minister  
1981 1988 St. Frances Academy
Known at the time as
St. Francis-Charles Hall School


• In 2005 a man reported to the Jesuits that Murray improperly touched him during 1981-1982, when the man was a St. Frances student.

MD vice principal; teacher  


Baltimore archbishop was William Donald Borders (1974-1989).

1982 Loyola College Baltimore MD    
1982 1984 Jesuit Community at Loyola College Baltimore MD    


Borders was succeeded by William Henry Keeler (1989-2007).

1991 All Saints Baltimore MD


In residence 1984-1985, 1988-1991; weekend assistant 1985-1986

All Saints had a school with 210-240 students.


St. Louis archbishop was John Lawrence May (1980-1992).

1992 Jesuit Community Corporation at St. Louis University, Jesuit Hall St. Louis MO    


Cleveland bishop was Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006), followed by Richard Gerard Lennon (2006-).

2007 St. Henry's Cleveland OH 3/3, 4/4

In residence.

St. Henry's had a school with 183-155 students.

Murray is indexed and listed at both All Saints in Baltimore and St. Henry's in Cleveland in the 1989-1991 Directories.

The allegation that Murray abused a minor in the early 1980s was first reported to the Maryland Province Jesuits in 2005. The Jesuits said they informed civil authorities, but the case was closed when Murray's accuser wouldn't speak with them. The Province's Review Board did it's own investigation and determined that the allegation was not credible.

1989 2007 Office for Pastoral Liturgy Cleveland OH director 1995-2007  


Washington DC archbishop was Donald William Wuerl (2006-).

2011 St. Aloysius Washington DC

3/3, 2/2

parochial vicar

St. Aloysius had a CCD program with 45 students.

The investigation into the 2005 allegation against Murray that he "improperly touched" a minor in 1981-1982 was reopened by the Jesuits in 2011 when Murray was being considered for a new assignment. The Jesuits said that, based on new information that showed the allegation to be credible, they permanently removed Murray from ministry.

2011 2012        

Murray is not indexed in the 2012 Directory.

The Jesuits stated in 2011 that Murray was living in a monitored Jesuit residence.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1980-2011)

Reverend J-Glenn Murray, SJ, Seton Hall University, February 23, 2007
Former Gonzaga College Hs Priest Removed, ABC 7, June 16, 2011
Jesuits Remove Popular Priest over Alleged Abuse, By Associated Press, Sacramento Bee, June 21, 2011
J-Glenn, Gone, Whispers in the Loggia, June 21, 2011
Jesuit Who Had Served in Cleveland Removed from Ministry over Allegation, By Michael O'Malley, Plain Dealer , June 23, 2011
Father J-Glenn Murray Barred from Ministry over Sex Abuse Allegation, By Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service, June 24, 2011
Predator Priest, Worked in Cleveland, Is Ousted; SNAP Responds, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, June 24, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on March 29, 2014.