Father Charles A. Murray, M.M.,
Maryknoll Missioner to Peru

MARYKNOLL, N.Y. — Father Charles A. Murray, M.M., of New Bedford, died at Mission St. Teresa’s Residence in Ossining, N.Y, on April 25. He was 94 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 65 years.

After ordination on June 9, 1951, Father Murray was assigned to Peru. After completing language studies in Arequipa, Peru, he taught Latin at San Ambrosio High School and Seminary. Father Murray then served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Azangaro (1953-1958) and at San Juan Parish in Puno (1958-1959). 

In 1958, Father Murray returned to the Azangaro parish where he served as pastor for the next 12 years. In 1971, he was appointed director of Maryknoll’s Center House in Puno and served in local apostolates. 

From 1973 to 1976, Father Murray served in Arequipa at the parish of Our Lady of the Pillar Church, which had a parochial grammar and high school staffed by American religious. From 1977 to 1984, he served in Ciudad de Dios, a large shantytown near the capital city of Lima. As a parish priest, Father Murray was active in the Marriage Encounter and Engaged Encounter movements.

Father Murray was recalled to the United States in 1984 to work in development at Maryknoll’s New York City House. His work included public relations, membership recruitment and fund raising for the missions. 

In 1991, Father Murray was assigned to serve in mission in Mexico. In 2008, he joined Maryknoll’s Senior Missioner Community and moved to the Maryknoll Residence in Los Altos, Calif.

Father Murray was born on May 18, 1922, in New Bedford, where he attended the public grammar school of New Bedford and Roosevelt Junior High School. After graduating from New Bedford High School in 1940, he attended Kinyon’s Business School in New Bedford and Boston University’s Evening College of Business Administration. Father Murray entered Maryknoll in 1942 at Maryknoll Junior Seminary, Clarks Summit, Penn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1950 from Maryknoll Seminary, Ossining, N.Y. 

Father Murray is survived by a niece, Donna Desirey, of South Dartmouth, and a nephew, Peter Murray, of Little Compton, R.I.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 2, at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, Ossining, N.Y., followed by Christian burial in the Maryknoll Society Cemetery.

Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, N.Y., 10545.


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