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James Albert Murray (born July 5, 1932) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Kalamazoo from 1998 to 2009.

James Albert Murray
Bishop Emeritus of Kalamazoo
AppointedNovember 18, 1997
InstalledJanuary 27, 1998
Term endedApril 6, 2009
PredecessorAlfred John Markiewicz
SuccessorPaul J. Bradley
OrdinationJune 7, 1958
by Joseph H. Albers
ConsecrationJanuary 27, 1998
by Adam Maida, Paul Vincent Donovan, and Carl Frederick Mengeling
Personal details
Born (1932-07-05) July 5, 1932 (age 86)
Jackson, Michigan
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
MottoRejoice in the Lord Always
Styles of
James Albert Murray
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop


James Murray was born in Jackson, Michigan to James Albert and Marcella Clare (née Harris) Murray; he has two older brothers, Joseph and William. After attending St. Mary Elementary and High Schools in Jackson, he studied at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, from where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree), and St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, earning his Bachelor's in Sacred Theology. Murray was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph Albers on June 7, 1958, and then served as parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in St. Joseph until 1961.

Murray then worked as an assistant pastor at St. Mary Cathedral, and did pastoral work at St. Therese Parish. He received a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1964. Murray served as pastor of St. Gerard Parish in Lansing[citation needed] from 1962 to 1973, whence he became rector of St. Mary Cathedral. In addition to his duties as rector, he served as chancellor, curial moderator, and tribunal judge for the Diocese of Lansing as well. Murray was also a diocesan ecumenical officer, chaplain of the Lansing police, and sat on several committees of the Michigan Catholic Conference. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness in 1993.

On November 18, 1997, Murray was appointed the third Bishop of Kalamazoo by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on January 27, 1998 from Adam Cardinal Maida, with Bishops Paul Donovan and Carl Mengeling serving as co-consecrators, in St. Augustine Cathedral. He selected as his episcopal motto: "Rejoice in the Lord always".

Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Murray submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. His resignation was accepted on April 6, 2009, ending an eleven-year period as Bishop. He served as Apostolic Administrator of Kalamazoo until the installation of his successor, Paul J. Bradley, on June 6, 2009.

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Murray formerly sat on the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse. Murray is a member of the Committee for the American College of Louvain as well.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Alfred John Markiewicz
Bishop of Kalamazoo
Succeeded by
Paul J. Bradley