We Mourn the Death of Dr. Rev. Paul Edward Murray
February 13th, 2009
On January 31st Dr. Rev. Paul Edward Murray, Chairperson of the God & Sexuality Conference, Catholic Chaplain and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Bard College passed away in his home in Tivoli, NY. Dr. Murray was an author, teacher, scholar, and activist. He touched thousands of lives and devoted his spiritual and intelectual energies to creating a more dynamic, welcoming, and safe Catholic church and understanding of religion in general. Paul was the founder and executive director of Among Friends, Inc., which provides transitional housing, counseling, and job-search support to persons in crisis.
Paul was a great and quiet man. His work was confident, his beliefs deep, his patience endless. He is greatly missed.
His publications include: "A Cultural Reading of Literature on the Catholic Church in the South," Culture of Bible Belt Catholics; "The ‘International Outlook’," Place of the Person in Social Life; and articles, interviews, and book reviews in Anthropos; Technology and Disability; National Catholic Reporter; Charities, U.S.A.; Washington Blade; others. He most recently published his memoir Life in Paradox, The Story of a Gay Catholic Priest (2008, O Books). He is survived by his mother Verna H. Murray, sister Rebecca Burns, and nieces Julia Warga and Jennifer Glynn.
Friends may call at the Arlington Funeral Home, 3901 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA on Friday, February 13, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen-Martyr Catholic Church, 2436 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC. Interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church, VA.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions maybe made to the Bard Chapel Pastoral Fund, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504. We ask that you earmark contributions fo rthe God & Sexuality Conference.
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