Catholic Bishop To Address Role of Catholic Church In Eradicating Racism

April 23, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been informed that Bishop Murry has had to ask Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Interim Executive Director of the Committee Against Racism, to deliver his speech.

Information about Dr. Reyes can be found here:

Bishop George Murry, S.J., is chairman of newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

WHAT: Special presentation: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: St Francis Xavier College Church (3628 Lindell Blvd, 63108)
WHO: Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, will deliver a special presentation on Wednesday, April 25, entitled: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism.” Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will welcome Bishop Murray to St. Louis for this important talk, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church. Admission is free and parking is available at the Laclede Parking garage on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, and 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. In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Chicago. He served as bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands from 1998 until his installation as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown on March 28, 2007.

In August 2017, Bishop Murry was named the chairman of the newly-established Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He is one of only six African-American bishops to currently serve as ordinaries, or heads of dioceses, in the United States.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been a leader in combating the sin of racism for generations. Notably, Joseph Cardinal Ritter desegregated St. Louis Catholic schools in 1947 – seven years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. In recent years, St. Louis Catholics have organized marches to bring greater awareness to racism in our community, and Archbishop Carlson instructed pastors preach on racism for the first Sunday of Lent this year.

This special event with Bishop Murry is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Catholic Charities, Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, and the Jesuits of U.S. Central and Southern Province. 


* This event was originally scheduled for March 22. Bishop Murry postponed the event due to illness.