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Michigan Catholic Conference
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(800) 395-5565
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(517) 372-3940
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510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

News Release: On the Death of Bishop James A. Murray

Bishop James A. Murray

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Lansing, Mich.) — Upon hearing of the death of Bishop James A. Murray, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) wishes to extend to Most Reverend Paul Bradley, Bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo and the faithful of the Kalamazoo Diocese heartfelt condolences and prayers for the soul of Bishop Murray. The comments below may be attributed to Paul A. Long, MCC President and CEO.

“For over 50 years Bishop Murray participated in the life of the Michigan Catholic Conference by lending his insights, wisdom and guidance on numerous matters of significant public interest and organizational development. Having first joined the MCC as a liaison officer in 1968, Bishop Murray spent the next five decades holding responsibilities that ranged from a member of the Board of Directors to being appointed to various committees and subcommittees.

“Bishop Murray was affectionately welcomed to the Conference on each occasion for his humor and wit, his vibrant personality, and his love of the priesthood and the Church. He will be fondly remembered for contributing to the growth of the MCC, but more so for the wonderful and kind man that he was to the staff and many others who assisted Bishop Murray in his work.

“I myself feel a deep sense of loss. Bishop Murray was my pastor, prior to being named Bishop of Kalamazoo, a brilliant homilist, a helpful spiritual advisor, and a good friend to myself and many others. He was small in stature but a giant in the Church and the broader community. Bishop Murray is now home with the Lord, and for that, I offer my prayers of gratitude for his life and his witness to the love of Jesus Christ.”

Timeline of Bishop Murray’s Participation with Michigan Catholic Conference

1968–1984
MCC Liaison Officer
9 December 1983
Elected as priest representative to MCC Board of Directors
4 December 1985
Appointed to Divestiture Committee
10 December 1986
Elected to second term on MCC Board of Directors
10 December 1986
Appointed to Investment Policy Committee
10 December 1986
Appointed to Advisory Panel on Commemoration of MCC’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary
6 December 1989
Last Board meeting—expiration of terms
1989–1998
MCC Liaison Officer
1993
Advisor and author of MCC’s first assisted suicide education program
27 January 1998
Consecrated Bishop of Kalamazoo
1 September 1999
Appointed Chairman of MCC Board Building Committee
November 2003
Authored FOCUS issue (31:3 Nov. 2003): “Reflections of the Fortieth Anniversary of the Michigan Catholic Conference”
3 December 2003
Elected Vice Chairman of MCC Board of Directors
1 December 2004
Appointed to Pension Board
5 June 2009
Last Board meeting before retiring as Bishop of Kalamazoo

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