Fr J-Glenn Murray SJ to give Kevin Donovan Memorial Lecture

J-Glenn Murray SJ

J-Glenn Murray SJ

The noted African-American Jesuit liturgist & speaker, J-Glenn Murray SJ, is lecturing in several parts of the UK this March. Well-known nationally in the USA and internationally, J-Glenn is currently a Parochial Vicar at St Aloysius Gonzaga, the historic Jesuit church in Washington, DC, a short distance from the US Capitol and the White House. Fr Murray  entered the Maryland Province of the Jesuits in 1968 and was ordained in 1979.

He was an Associate Pastor at Holy Cross Church in Durham, North Carolina while a campus minister at Duke University.  He taught, and was Vice-Principal, at Saint Frances Academy, the oldest Black Catholic High School in the Western Hemisphere, from 1981 to 1988. He has been Director of Liturgy in the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio. He is in much demand nationally and internationally as a speaker, combining a busy speaking schedule with his ministry at Holy Trinity.

He was the principal drafter of the United States Bishops’ Conference document, “Plenty Good Room: the Spirit and Truth of African American Catholic Worship”.  He lectures widely in the areas of Liturgy and Culture, as well as conducting parish missions and priests’ retreats. His British tour will start with the First Sunday young adult Mass at Farm Street Jesuit Church on  6 March, then on Ash Wednesday he will preside and preach at the evening Mass at Oxford Catholic Chaplaincy. Following the Chaplaincy Mass, he will give a lecture (on the new translation of the Missal) at 8pm, followed by conversation and a social.

Fr Murray will celebrate the Heythrop College Mass on Thursday 10 March at 1pm, where the next day he will give the 2nd Kevin Donovan Memorial Lecture at 5pm on Friday 11 March (no charge for entry, but booking is essential). This lecture is entitled “I Got a Crown: the Soul and Genius of Black Worship”.

On the morning of Friday 11 March, he leads a sixth-formers’  gathering with the Brentwood Diocesan Youth Service. On Saturday 12 March,  he will be the principal keynote speaker at the CYMFed Congress Day (details on the CYMFed website) at Friends’ Meeting House in Euston; round the corner, the next day, at Newman House Chaplaincy, he’ll celebrate the morning Sunday Mass for Catholic students of the University. From there he travels to Scotland for a lecture (“Meal and Ministry: A Possible Ecumenical Response to Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”) at the Lauriston Centre on Monday 14 March evening, crossing on Tuesday 15 March to Glasgow to give the first of this year’s popular Gonzaga Lectures: “Let us Talents and Tongues Employ: On the New Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal”.

These talks & lectures are guaranteed to be popular and early booking may be advisable, especially at Heythrop and the CYMFed Day. Fr Dave Stewart SJ, Chaplain at Heythrop College (7795 6600, is happy to answer any requests for further information, which may also be directed to the organisers at the various venues.

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