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Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J. Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown

MOST REVEREND GEORGE V. MURRY, S.J.Funeral services for our Bishop George V. Murry, S.J.  will be celebrated on Friday, June 12.  Bishop Murry was the fifth bishop of our Diocese of Youngstown.  He died June 5 at approximately 6:15 a.m. at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was 71.  His funeral Mass at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown will be private due to pandemic guidelines on mass gatherings, and will be presided by Cincinnati Archbishop Most Rev. Dennis Schnurr, the Youngstown diocese’s metropolitan bishop.  You can view his funeral Mass livestream on Friday, June 12, at 1:00 p.m. by going to  Also, more information regarding coverage of calling hours, Evening Prayer, Morning Prayer, as well as the funeral Mass can be found on the diocesan webpage

The College of Consultors for the Diocese of Youngstown, which is made up of six priests, met recently to choose a Diocesan administrator, who will oversee the jurisdiction of our diocese until the Vatican names Bishop Murry’s permanent successor.  Rev. Msgr. Robert Siffrin was chosen to be the Diocesan Administrator.  Most likely, Pope Francis will not name a new Youngstown bishop for at least a year.

At the end of May 2020 Bishop Murry announced his intent to resign as bishop, after 13 years leading the diocese, citing “reasons of ill health” in his letter to Pope Francis.  He battled two reoccurrences of acute leukemia. He was first diagnosed in April 2018 and soon after stepped back from his daily duties with the diocese. He recovered and then returned to the diocese on a part-time basis that September.Bottom of Form  The cancer returned in July 2019, however, and he underwent a second round of treatment, which put the disease into remission.  Bishop Murry’s leukemia returned again in April 2020. He was receiving outpatient treatment at his home, until his admission to the New York hospital Monday, June 1, 2020.  Even before Bishop Murry received the diagnosis of leukemia he was a man of patience. He truly weighed all the aspects of any decision that he needed to make for the good of the Diocese of Youngstown. He did not move hastily, but put his dependence on God.

George Vance Murry was born on December 28, 1948 in Camden, N.J., the son of the late George and Viola (Brown) Murry.  He has one brother, who resides with his wife and family in Omaha, Nebraska. Saint Pope John Paul II in January 1995 appointed Bishop Murry Titular Bishop of Fuerteventura and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, where he was ordained to the episcopacy in March 1995. In June 1999 Bishop Murry then became Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.  He then succeeded Bishop Thomas J. Tobin as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, [preceded by Bishops McFadden, Walsh, Malone and Tobin].  He was installed on March 28, 2007 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, becoming the first African-American bishop to lead our diocese.

Bishop Murry also served on the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops committee to address racism, which developed the conference’s pastoral letter on racism, used as an educational tool in church jurisdictions across the country.  He was also among 18 members appointed to the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations by then-Governor Jon Kasich.

Bishop Murry attended St. Joseph College Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1972. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) that same year and was ordained a priest June 9, 1979. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California in 1979 and a doctorate in American cultural history from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1994.

Bishop Murry served as a faculty member and dean of student activities at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. from 1974 to 1976. He was assistant professor of American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from 1986 to 1990, and also served as president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. from 1989 to 1994. He was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1994.

Eternal rest grant unto your soul, Bishop Murry, and may God’s perpetual light shine upon you.   May you rest in peace.  Amen.  May your soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

Bishop Murry's Coat of Arms

Bishop Murry’s Coat of Arms

Public Masses to Resume on the Solemnity of Pentecost: Sunday, May 30-31, 2020

Directives and Guidelines for the Diocese of Youngstown

In light of the decision to resume the celebration of public Masses and liturgies by the Bishops of Ohio, the following Directives and Guidelines are issued for all parishes of the Diocese of Youngstown.  These take into consideration how to best proceed under these unusual circumstances while remaining pastorally sensitive to the People of God and adhering to restrictions issued by the State of Ohio.  The guidance provided aims to clarify how such spiritual care can be responsibly offered to the faithful during this period and have been formulated with great care to preserve and respect the powerful liturgical and sacramental symbolism of the rites of the Mass.  These directives/guidelines currently remain in effect by order of Bishop Murry and will be revised or changed should any further directives be issued by the Governor of Ohio, the Bishops of Ohio, or Bishop Murry.  They are considered to be temporary until it is determined safe to return to the normal circumstances.

The Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Youngstown and especially those who are sick, or at high risk of becoming sick continue to be dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice.

General Guidelines

  1. Understanding the desire of many to return to church, it remains important for those who are at greater risk to refrain from returning until such time they feel confident to do so.
  2. Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days should not attend Mass in accordance with national, state and local health directives.
  3. Appropriate cleaning of high use areas within the church is to be done before and after each service.
  4. Every effort to ensure appropriate physical distancing before, during, and after liturgical celebrations is required. Methods will vary depending on capacity and arrangement of church buildings. Parishes will decide how best to configure seating to maintain proper physical distance.
  5. No more than one family is permitted in the Cry Room at each Mass.
  6. No receptions or social gatherings (i.e. coffee/donuts) are to be held.
  7. While not mandatory, those attending Mass may wear masks or face coverings.
  8. Bulletins will be available for pick-up at each exit. Greeters and Ushers will not pass them out.
  9. All in attendance should wash or sanitize their hands before and after Mass being mindful not to touch their face, eyes, or nose.
  10. All should make every effort to continually model and encourage good hygienic practices.

During Mass

Holy Water
  • Holy water fonts are to remain empty until further notice.
Offertory Collection
  • The practice of passing baskets throughout the assembly is temporarily suspended. Contribution baskets will be placed at all the entrances of the church for worshippers to drop their offering at the beginning of Mass or when leaving Mass.
The Lord’s Prayer and Sign of Peace
  • Physical contact during the Lord’s Prayer (holding hands) and the Sign of Peace is suspended. For the Sign of Peace those present are encouraged to make a slight bow or nod to others and offer words of peace.
Receiving Holy Communion
  • It is highly encouraged and strongly recommended that the reception of Holy Communion be given in the hand.

Distribution of Holy Communion on the Tongue
Out of pastoral necessity and urgency, those desiring to receive Holy Communion on the tongue are permitted to do so. In this instance, they are to be last in line and receive only from the priest. In the unfortunate circumstance that the priest’s fingers come in contact with the mouth of the communicant, he must immediately sanitize his fingers before continuing with the next in line.

  • Reception of the Precious Blood from the chalice by the assembly is temporarily suspended.
  • The location of stations for the distribution of Holy Communion should be considered to facilitate orderly movement and to maintain proper physical distance. One-way traffic patterns are encouraged.
  • Appropriate spacing between individuals in the Communion Procession is to be maintained.
  • Holy Communion is not to be distributed with gloves, nor may it be received in the hand with gloves.

Parishioners are asked to contact the Parish Office (33-673-5849) or the Office of Worship (330-744-8451 ext. 282) with any questions.

St. Patrick Church Weekend Masses to Resume May 30, 2020

Dear St. Patrick Parishioners,

As the “Responsible Restart Ohio Plan” is implemented during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic allowing a gradual return to work and the lifting of some of the restrictions regarding consumer, retail and services, the Catholic Bishops of the State of Ohio have announced directives for the safe return to the public celebration of the Mass.

On May 8, 2020 the priests of the Diocese of Youngstown were informed by Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. that we will begin celebrating Mass again with our people. Please note that at St. Patrick Church weekend Masses will begin again on Pentecost weekend, May 30-31, 2020. Weekday Masses at St. Patrick Church (Tuesday thru Friday) will begin June 2, 2020.

The Worship Office of the Diocese of Youngstown, in consultation with Liturgical Commissions throughout the dioceses of Ohio, has provided Directives and Guidelines for the Diocese of Youngstown outlining the safe practices and procedures we must implement for the resumption of public liturgies. Among other practices, these detailed directives and guidelines will include maintaining social distancing, recommendations to provide a safe environment and instructions for the distribution of Holy Communion.

Please note that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass still remains in effect. Bishop Murry dispenses the Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Youngstown and all other Catholics currently in the diocese from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass until further notice. As our bishop, he states, “I continue to be cautious and concerned for those who are most at risk, the elderly and those with serious health issues. I strongly urge those who are most vulnerable to stay at home and I implore those who are not feeling well to refrain from coming to church”. Bishop Murry thanks the faithful for their patience, understanding and cooperation as we implement this return to the public celebration of Mass.

When we gather on the Solemnity of Pentecost, it will have been 77-days since we celebrated the Eucharist together. If you are feeling well, I hope to see you again at Mass on May 30-31. I know things will perhaps “look” a bit different and “feel” a bit different….but one thing will never change: the love our God has for us through good times and bad, and our need to gather as His people to give thanks for the blessings that are ours. Know that you and your intentions are remembered in my daily prayers. Stay safe, my friends.

God’s blessings – always,
Fr. Richard Pentello

A Letter from Our Pastor – May 6, 2020

Dear St Patrick Parishioners,

I pray that this letter finds you safe and well. As faithful Christians, we acknowledge that all good gifts come from God, and that we are called to share our gifts of time, talent, and material resources at all times. During this time of uncertainty, Catholic parishes around the world, including St. Patrick Parish, have felt the effects of COVID-19 and our call as citizens to shelter in place. It is my hope that we will all be together soon to celebrate Mass and engage in our parish ministries and activities! Until that time, our parish office continues to operate, though with limited hours (Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and I am still here to serve you.

In order to maintain our current levels of ministry and staffing, it is my duty as pastor to ask you to consider your contributions to St. Patrick Parish. Your regular contributions are vital for us to thrive as a parish faith community; without them, we would not be able to meet your spiritual needs, minister to the sick and homebound, and provide a place in our often-divisive world for all to know the love of Christ. In this time when the Church is needed the most, we have had to adapt to the changing landscape of ministering from a distance. (I would like to acknowledge here the wonderful work our St. Patrick School administrator, faculty and school staff are doing during this unprecedented time. I am grateful that both teachers and students have adapted well during these challenging days.)

Though public Masses and parish events have been temporarily suspended, you can still connect and stay up-to-date with the parish online through the parish website and on our parish Facebook page.

While I know that some parishioners have been financially impacted by this crisis and this may not be the best time to talk about finances, it is my duty as pastor of our beloved St. Patrick Parish to address our financial needs. After all, we still acknowledge that at all times, we must give thanks to God. We are taught that there is much more to stewardship than financial support, and sharing our time and talent are important as well. Additional ways you can be good stewards might include reaching out to another parishioner, family member, or friend to talk; virtually participating in online Mass or following Bishop Barronʼs Word on Fire page; taking additional time out of your day to pray for those affected by the virus and for frontline workers; or complete an act of kindness for a neighbor, a stranger, or someone you know. You have no idea how grateful and humbled I am by all the phone calls, notes, emails and texts I have received from parishioners who have expressed loving and prayerful support. These simple acts of kindness mean more to me than you will ever know.

Again, it is my hope that we will be together soon. Many of my favorite events have been postponed too: not being able to celebrate First Communion with our school and PSR second-grade students, Confirmation with our school and PSR eighth-grade students, and initiating our parish R.C.I.A. Elect as new Catholics into the Church during the Easter Vigil liturgy. These have taken their toll on my own spiritual life. Please remember that this is temporary, and it is in the best interest for our health and safety. Know that you and your intentions are remembered in my daily prayers. May God keep you safe and healthy until we can all be together again!

God’s blessing – always,
Fr. Richard Pentello

April 28, 2020 – Letter from the Ohio Bishops

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Yesterday, 27 April 2020, Governor Mike DeWine presented a strategy to begin a multi-phased plan, even while the executive “Stay at Home Order” remains in place. His plan begins a process for Ohioans gradually to return to work and daily activity and provides hope and evidence that our cooperation with the governor’s orders has significantly curbed the spread of the virus.  We thank you for and admire the patience, cooperation and understanding you have already shown during this COVID-19 pandemic.  We realize the frustration, sadness, and loss the faithful felt not to be able to gather personally to celebrate the Paschal Mysteries during the Sacred Triduum and each Sunday.  During this time of sacrifice and longing, we have joined our prayers and hearts to yours, trusting that God will see us through this pandemic and reunite us at the Eucharistic Feast.  Out of deep concern for the common good as well as the physical and spiritual well-being of all the people of Ohio, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have agreed once again to cooperate with the governor, and to support and abide by the multi-phased approach to returning to work and eventual public gathering in large groups.


To that end, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio extend the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies ending on May 29th, with the hope of publicly celebrating together the Solemnity of Pentecost on the weekend of May 30/31. Each of the bishops of Ohio, once again, dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in their territories from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during this time.  We ask for the cooperation and adherence of all the faithful to the governor’s directives during this period.


We will be working diligently with our pastoral teams to consider reasonable, gradual and responsible initiatives for welcoming back the faithful in time to Sunday Mass, initiatives which will renew our love for the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and which will help us to restore Catholic life and invite others to share that life after the pandemic. We encourage individual dioceses and their respective pastors and parishioners to begin to work to establish plans which respect social distancing and other requirements for the safety of our people.


This decision has not been taken lightly and, as your bishops, together with you, we recognize the sacrifice we are called to make being physically distanced from the Holy Eucharist and from one another.  We remain grateful for your understanding and prayerful support. As your bishops we continue to encourage you to keep holy the Lord’s Day by participating in Sunday Mass by way of radio broadcast or televised or livestreamed options and making a spiritual communion.  Keeping in mind of the gift of plenary indulgences offered to us by the Church, we encourage all the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer, praying as a family or individually the Liturgy of the Hours, rosary, divine mercy chaplet, and Stations of the Cross, etc.


Together we continue to pray for all who are suffering from Covid19, for all health care workers and first responders, for all the deceased and their families, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this pandemic.  Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, Health of the Sick, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we trust in the glorious hope of His Resurrection.

Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati

Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer
Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati

Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan
Bishop of Columbus

Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton
Bishop of Steubenville

Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J.
Bishop of Youngstown

Rev. Donald P. Oleksiak
Diocesan Administrator of Cleveland

Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas
Bishop of Toledo

Most Rev. J. Michael Botean
Romanian Eparchy of Canton

Most Rev. Bohdan J. Danylo
Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat

Most Rev. Milan Lach, SJ
Byzantine Eparchy of Parma