Reverend J-Glenn Murray, Sj

Seton Hall University
February 23, 2007

Director of the Office for Pastoral Liturgy for the Diocese of Cleveland

Father J-Glenn Murray, SJ, has been a member of the Maryland Province of Jesuits for the past 38 years. He was ordained to priestly ministry in June 1979.

He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and communications from Saint Louis University in 1970 and a master's degree in divinity with a concentration in liturgy from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, in 1983. He has since pursued studies in preaching at the Aquinas Institute in Saint Louis (1992-93) and completed a doctorate of ministry with a concentration in liturgy at the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago (May 2006).

He was an associate pastor at Holy Cross Church (1980-81) in Durham, North Carolina, while a campus minister at Duke University. From 1981-88, he was a vice principal and teacher at Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, the oldest black Catholic high school in the Western Hemisphere.

He was the principal drafter of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' document Plenty Good Room: the Spirit and Truth of African-American Catholic Worship. Many of his writings have appeared in the bimonthly liturgical publication Plenty Good Room.

Since 1989, he has worked for the Diocese of Cleveland in the Office of Pastoral Liturgy, serving as its director since 1995. He has taught at the Jesuit School of Theology as well as Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Cleveland, Ohio. He lectures widely in the areas of liturgy and culture, as well as conducting parish missions and priests' retreats.

His memberships include the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Association of Liturgy and the newly constituted Jungmann Society, an international Jesuit organization working in liturgy and allied fields.


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