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In remembrance – Father Cornelius Murray

In Remembrance

November 2, 2020

The wake for Father Cornelius Murray, senior priest-retired, will begin with vespers at 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Brendan Church, 4242 Brendan Lane, North Olmsted, and will continue until 7 p.m. Bishop Martin Amos, retired bishop of Davenport, Iowa, will preside at vespers. Homilist will be Father Thomas Woost, St. Brendan pastor.

Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries will celebrate the funeral Mass for Father Murray at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at St. Brendan Church. Father Thomas Mahoney will be the homilist.

Father Murray, 82, died on Nov. 1.

He was born Dec. 4, 1937 to the late Peter and Beatrice (Coyne) Murray. Father Murray was educated at St. Mary School and St. Mary High School, both in Lorain; Borromeo High School seminary, Wickliffe; St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati; Borromeo College Seminary, Wickliffe; and Saint Mary Seminary, Cleveland.

He was ordained to the priesthood for service to the Diocese of Cleveland by Bishop Clarence Elwell on May 18, 1963 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Father Murray’s first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Philomena Parish in Cleveland. On Sept. 30, 1969, he was transferred to St. Dominic Parish in Shaker Heights to serve as parochial vicar. He was appointed parochial vicar of St. Brendan Parish in North Olmsted on July 5, 1973. During this assignment, he served as director of the Elyria Center of the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Cleveland, effective June 20, 1974, and as diocesan moderator for the Apostolate to Divorced and Separated Catholics, effective Oct. 4, 1976.

On June 24, 1980, Father Murray was appointed administrator of St. Brendan Parish. During this assignment, he served a 10-year term as pro-synodal judge of the Diocesan Tribunal, effective June 30, 1982. He was appointed pastor of St. Brendan on Dec. 9, 1983. He also served as dean for the Suburban West Deanery 1992-1995.

On Jan. 3, 2008, Father Murray was granted permission to retire.

Those who knew him said he was well-loved by his parishioners, family and friends. His infectious smile, jokes, gentle spirit and faithful priestly witness will be missed greatly.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.

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